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1. The IMR research vessels are
at sea for a total of 2,000 days a year

With a staff of more than 700, the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is Norway’s largest centre of marine science. The Institute is the main adviser for the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs on marine ecosystems and aquaculture. IMR has an excellent infrastructure to support the research activities, including five research vessels, three research stations for experimental biology and aquaculture, and a wide range of biological and chemical laboratories.

Ecosystem Monitoring & Research

IMR is developing methods and procedures for monitoring and studying the whole marine ecosystem. Measuring all components of the ecosystem simultaneously offers new and improved prospects of understanding ecological relationships. IMR monitors and studies the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea, as well as ecosystems in the coastal zone.

The aquaculture programme at IMR is one of the largest and most comprehensive of
it’s kind in Europe. Significant resources within the programme are allocated to
the study and monitoring of potential environmental impacts from aquaculture.
In recent years, animal welfare has also become a prioritized area of research. One
result of this effort is the development of a new system for the continuous monitoring
of sea-cages that transmits welfare advice to the fish farm operators via the Internet.

Ocean Climate
IMR’s research on oceanography aims to observe, understand and predict oceanographic variability and changes in ocean climate, and to understand and quantify the importance of these on production, distribution and behaviour of marine organisms. The Institute also looks at the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems and perform operational oceanography.

2. “G.O. Sars” represents a new generation of marine research vessels. She is equipped with advanced acoustic instruments, pelagic and bottom trawls, towed air guns and hydrophones for seismic studies, while its onboard laboratories enable a full range of environmental, plankton and fish analyses.
© Kjartan Mæstad, Institute of Marine Research.

3. IMR’s ecosystem studies include mapping of bottom habitats such as cold-water coral reefs.