IMR - Institute of Marine Research

Institute of Marine ResearchThe Institute of Marine Research 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 contribute with their extensive knowledge of multispecies modelling and stock recruitment dynamics. In addition IMR will contribute to the work on economic and socio-economic indicators, as this is a relatively under-represented research area in IMR. They will coordinate the WP1 and WP2. Their main contribution in WP 1 will be for stocks in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, but with a much broader remit covering species in the Barents to North Seas for WPs 2 and 4. 

The scientific team

Richard D.M. Nash,  principal scientist, will co-ordinate the IMR research team and the work in WP2. He is a well respected, active researcher on recruitment processes in fish and has worked on a range of species in a number of different oceans. He has recently partaken in a number of EU projects and is and has been a WP leader. 

Bjarte Bogstad, principal scientist, is an internationally recognized researcher working with stock assessment, harvesting strategies and multispecies modelling, and his involvement will be developing the IMR Gadget multi-species model for the Barents Sea. He is Co-Chair of the ICES WG on Multispecies Assessment Methods.

Dorothy Dankel, post-doctoral scientist, is graduating with a PhD in fisheries management. Her expertise covers management techniques e.g. ‘harvest control rules’ and the interface between fisheries yields and economic and social aspects of fisheries. She will be involved in WP4 and provide all other researchers with management perspectives for WPs 1 and 2.

Daniel Howell, researcher, works very closely with Bogstad and his fields of interests is centred around age-length structured fisheries modelling. His involvement in this project will be coordination of WP 1 and with development of the IMR multi-species Gadget model in the Barents Sea.

Geir Huse, senior scientist and Programme leader for the research programme Ecosystem and Stock Dynamics, will work on herring ecology relevant to WP2. He is an international expert on ecological modelling, spatial ecology, behaviour, population dynamics, zooplankton and fish, especially pelagic species.

Aril Slotte, principal scientist and head of the Pelagic Division, is a world expert on herring biology/ecology, specialising in Norwegian Spring Spawning herring and contribute to WP2.

Erling Kåre Stenevik, senior scientist, is an experienced field ecologist, responsible for early life history field studies on Norwegian Spring Spawning herring (NSSH) at IMR. His role in the project will be to interface current IMR field research on early life history of NSSH with, and be involved in WP2.
27 JANUARY 2022