- Last Updated: 28 December 2015
IMR has about 700 employees and is Norway’s largest centre in marine science and the second largest marine research institute in Europe. Its main task is to provide science-based advice to Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and fisheries, and on the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. For this reason, about fifty percent of the activity is financed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. IMR’s headquarters are in Bergen, but important activities are also carried out at the departments in Tromsø, at the research stations in Austevoll, Matre and Flødevigen, and on research vessels. The institute is also heavily engaged in development activities in the Third World, partly financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Financial support to research projects is also given by the Norwegian Research Council and the European Commission.
The overall aim of research and advice provided by IMR is to ensure that Norway’s marine resources are harvested and managed in a sustainable way. Focused on aquaculture, fisheries and marine environmental studies, the present area of priority is interactions in the coastal zone, emphasising aquaculture-fisheries interactions, implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and general coastal zone ecology. Of particular regional importance to Norway and Northern Europe is fjord ecology.
Role of IMR in Stages
IMR’s resources in the present project will primarily be focused on WP3. IMR will be in charge of Task 3.3 focused on the identification of research needs with regard to the implementation of monitoring programmes and will organise a workshop dedicated to the anthropogenic and natural drivers and monitoring programmes. The institute will also contribute to the other WPs identifying relevant research results at national level (WP2), liaison with key projects and initiatives, identification of MSFD stakeholders (WP4) and dissemination activities (WP5).
Description of personnel involved in the project
Øivind Bergh (Principal Scientist, Dr. scient in General Microbiology 1996) Employed by IMR since 1994, Programme manager 1998-2003, Head of IMR’s Fish Health group 2004-2008. Adjunct Professor in Fish Bacteriology at the University of Bergen 2005-11. Author of about 85 peer-reviewed publications on aquaculture and its environmental impacts, microbial ecology of marine fish and shellfish. Manager of a range of projects at IMR since 1994, presently coordinator of the FP7 project Coexist – www.coexistproject.eu.
Kjell Nedreaas (Principal Scientist, Dr. scient in Fisheries Biology 1990). Kjell has been employed by IMR since 1984. He was head of IMR’s Demersal fish group from 1999-2004 and the Fisheries Dynamics group from 2004-2010. He has a long track record in conducting research surveys and fish stock assessments, international research cooperation, initiating R&D projects and in giving advice to managers. He has authored 44 peer-reviewed publications. He is chairman of several expert groups at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and has gained insight and established close and good work relationship with the commercial fisheries and fishing industry.