Institute of Marine Research
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Geographical Area Leader for Norway
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With more than 700 employees, the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is the largest marine science community in Norway. Our main task is providing advice to the Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and on the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea, North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. Around half of our activities are therefore funded by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. The Institute of Marine Research has headquarters located in Bergen, but important aspects of our work are done at our department in Tromsø, at our research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen and on board our research vessels, which spend a total of nearly 2000 days at sea each year. The institute is also heavily engaged in international development work through the Centre for Development Cooperation in Fisheries (CDCF). The aim of our research and advice is to help ensure that Norway's marine resources are harvested in a sustainable way.

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