The Institute of Marine Research does research
on marine resources, the marine environment and aquaculture.
The InstituteÂ’s duties are to:
monitor and carry out research on
life, the environment and interactions among living organisms in coastal waters
and the ocean
generate new and updated knowledge of
marine resources of importance to fishing and aquaculture
develop technology and greater
biological understanding as the basis of rational, future-oriented fishing and
offer advice to the authorities and
industry regarding management of the marine environment and its resources
disseminate the results of research in
order to promote the interests of the fishing and aquaculture industries and of
society as a whole
With a staff of about 650, and an annual
budget of 80 million Euro, the Institute of Marine Research is the largest
marine research institution in Norway and one of the largest in Europe, and in
many of its areas of research it plays a leading role at international level.
Most of its activities are based in Bergen,
but the Institute also has a department in TromsÃ¸ and research stations in
Matre and Austevoll near Bergen, as well as in FlÃ¸devigen near Arendal.
The Institute operates five large research
vessels with one of its pride G.O. Sars being one of the most advanced research
vessels in the world today.