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Picture recognition with some species.

One million photos to help identify the animals at the bottom of the sea


Can a computer help to identify the animals at the bottom of the sea? The answer is yes – but first it must learn to play lotto. 

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Researchers have discovered sounds to keep orcas away from fish nets


But humpback whales are more difficult.


Fin whales making strong comeback in the Southern Ocean


Marine scientists estimate that there may be many times more fin whales than thought in the Southern Ocean.

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Porbeagle Shark swam from Lofoten in Norway to Canary Islands


Like many people living in the north of Norway, a shark tagged by the Institute of Marine Research, set its course straight for warmer climates as the autumn cold set in.

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Cod can adjust to climate change - from one generation to the next


The temperature the mother experiences affects how the offspring develop.

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The world's largest sushi?


No, this basking shark roll is not recommended for your dinner plate. However, for innovative research, it is perfect. 

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Scientists have discovered a new deep sea octopus


Deep sea octopuses are still shrouded in mystery. Researchers have recently added new insights about the creatures, describing a new Arctic species for the first time.

Collage of three photos. One man smiling to the camera, wolf fish on the sea floor and sea urchin.

New EU-project: Linking marine habitat status to predators


Fishing drives a reduction in the number of large and old predatory fish. What does this mean for ecosystems?

Man in blue sweater and blue jeans in a room with blue tiles and lots of different equipment.

Determined which directions man-made noise in Bjørnafjorden comes from


The researchers measured what animals use to detect noise directionality: particle motion in the water.


Searched for Anisakids in tusk, stumbled upon fish-liquefying parasite


Kudoa has not previously been documented in Norwegian whitefish. 

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Unmanned vehicles to meet growing need for research data


Unmanned vehicles to meet growing need for research data – even at sea.

Parts of the wreck at some distance.

Unknown submarine wreck from World War II discovered


After more than 80 years on the seabed, what is probably the wreckage of the British submarine HMS Thistle has been discovered outside Rogaland, Norway.

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Watch the scientists tag their first minke whale


How important are whales in the oceanic carbon cycle? IMR scientists are looking for the answer.

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Researchers tagged four 2.5 m porbeagles in Lofoten


Join us on our hunt for the “great white shark’s cousin” and see how our team gets them under control.

The harbour porpoise is a small cetacean of about 1.5 meters

Using sound to monitor harbour porpoises


Porpoises "click" – marine scientists listen. This is how they will find out how many porpoises there are in the Skagerrak and where they are throughout the year. 

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Interested in international ocean data?


Research data after Statsraad Lehmkuhl's circumnavigation is now available to anyone who is curious.

Drone photo of a fishing vessel towing a special fish net cage.

Live storage of bluefin tuna: Historic success in Norwegian waters


Researchers and fishers joined forces in trapping and transporting live bluefin tuna in the 200-300 kilo weight class.


IMR launches its own “shark hotline”


We are launching our own “shark hotline”, and we would like everyone who observes a basking shark or porbeagle along the Norwegian coast to give us a call. 

This is one of the plastic rocks investigated. A film of plastic has become attached to the rocks surface.

Plastic waste and rocks form chemical bond


"Plastic rocks" create hotspots for microplastic release. 

The bow of a ship in the foreground and white sea ice in the background.

Three factors are amplifying heating in the northern Barents Sea


Warmer water from the south, less cooling in the north and less ice make life more difficult for Arctic marine species.

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HRH Crown Prince Haakon opened the climate conference


Watch the opening session here.

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"Climate change in the ocean has never been as relevant as it is today"


Climate researchers from almost 70 countries will meet in Bergen. They have lots to talk about.

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This is how you catch a hake


It requires special effort to get to know the “cold water barracuda”. Our leading angling expert reveals the secrets of the Norwegian hake.

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''Power naps'' prevent early puberty in farmed salmon


Researchers have discovered the ideal length of day for smolts.

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Minke whales around Svalbard excrete 600 tonnes of poo each day


Whale faeces contain large quantities of nutrients that are important to the ocean ecosystem, according to a new study.


HRH Crown Prince Haakon opens climate conference in Bergen


In April, leading climate scientists will gather in Bergen to discuss how climate change is affecting the ocean.

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IMR believes impact assessment fails to take into account knowledge gaps


According to marine scientists, it fails to take into account important gaps in our knowledge about the natural environment and bottom currents in the impact assessment area.

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A new way of measuring fish welfare in wild-capture fisheries


When excessive quantities of mackerel are crowded tightly together in the net, the fish experience poor welfare.

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Launching into an EU project to farm kelp and mussels at offshore wind farms


“As scientists, we have a responsibility not just to find problems, but also to solve them”, says Nils Gunnar Kvamstø, the CEO of the Institute of Marine Research.

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Cod did not abandon their spawning site when exposed to noise from seismic airguns


Across two spawning seasons, researchers have exposed Atlantic cod to powerful blasts from airguns during spawning and tracked the behaviour of the fish. The results have now been published.