The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has a staff of almost 700 and is among the largest centres of marine science in Europe. Our main task is to provide advice to Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. As a consequence, approximately fifty percent of our activities are financed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. IMR's headquarters are in Bergen, but work centred on northern latitudes is also carried out in Tromsø. We also maintain research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen and a number of ‘state of the art’ research vessels, which are at sea for a total of 1600 days a year. The aim of research and management advice provided by IMR is to ensure that the marine resources are harvested in a sustainable way. The Institute has long time series on several commercially exploited species.

Contribution to the project:

IMR will primarily be involved with WP2 and contribute with their extensive knowledge and modelling of pelagic fish stock dynamics, economics and social dynamics in the Widely Ranging Fish study. The institute will provide input on the Norwegian sector to fleet inventory in WP1. There will be biological and fleet input (data and models) on herring and blue whiting in WP2 and active involvement in stakeholders workshops in WP3.

Description of the PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr. Richard D.M. Nash. Principal scientist. He will co-ordinate the IMR research team. He is an active researcher on early life history dynamics and recruitment processes in fish. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He has funding from the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) for a project on skipped spawning in gadoids and has recently partaken in a number of EU projects (e.g. UNCOVER, RECLAIM, FACTS and DEFINEIT and is and has been both a WP leader and the IMR coordinator for many of the projects. He is also currently a member of a number of ICES WG and SG (e.g. WGEGGS, SGSIPS).
  • Dr. Geir Huse. Principal Researcher and leader of the research programme Ecosystem and stock dynamics. He has a background in fisheries biology and has worked with developing spatial models of fish and zooplankton dynamics with expertise in individual-based modelling of fish behaviour, fish migrations and population dynamics; application of neural networks and genetic algorithms. He has 40 peer-reviewed publications. He has contributed to EU projects and acted as project leader of three NRC projects.
  • Dr. Bjarte Bogstad. Researcher at IMR. He is leading expert in the use of multi-species modelling techniques for understanding fish stock dynamics and works with stock assessment and harvesting strategies. He has 31 peerreviewed publications. He is the former chair of the ICES Multispecies Assessment Methods WG and is currently he is Chair of the ICES Arctic Fisheries WG.
  • Dr. Katja Enberg. Researcher. She specializes in the evolutionary effects of fishing. She has developed individual based evolutionary models for investigating the life-history, population, and fisheries consequences of fishing-induced evolution. She is an early career scientist (PhD 2005) with 16 peer-reviewed publications and 3 book chapters. She is currently a member of the ICES Widely Distributed Stocks WG, and the Fisheries-Induced Evolution WG.
  • Dr. Dorothy Dankel. She has a PhD in fisheries biology and management where she focuses on interdisciplinary studies and integrated assessments to assess fisheries management strategies, including the design and testing of harvest rules. She is an early career research scientist (PhD 2009) with 3 peer-reviewed publications and 1 review article. She is the Chair of the ICES Fishery Systems WG (WGFS) and member of ICES Study Group on Management Strategies (SGMAS) and has been involved with the HAWG and WGEVO.


flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.