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Do subsea seismic surveys kill zooplankton?

14 April 2019 – David Fields, Steve Shema and Karen de Jong et al. (in the photo above) are working on a project to assess whether the airguns used in seismic surveys (for subsea deposits of oil and natural gas) kill zooplankton. To accomplish this we are using a Schindler-Patalas trap to collect zooplankton at different distances from the airgun …

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Hard-core PHYS meets Ecotox at Austevoll!

17 January 2019 – Holly Shiels and Ph.D. student Martins Ainuera from the University of Manchester, UK, join Elin Sørhus to work in the electrophysiology lab at Austevoll. The work is one component of a large IMR project – EGGTOX, led by IMR researcher Sonnich Meier – the aim of which is to unravel the mechanistic effects of crude oil …

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David Fields wins the 2019 Margalef Award

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography gives the Ramón Margalef Award to scientists and educators for excellence in teaching and mentoring in the fields of limnology and oceanography. David Fields of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has been awarded this distinguished honor for his enthusiastic leadership and effusive commitment to developing transformative, hands-on marine science education …

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Howard Browman joins the Marine Stewardship Council’s Peer Review College Oversight Committee

19 November 2018 – Howard Browman was appointed to a three year term as an independent adviser  to the Marine Stewardship Council‘s (MSC) Peer Review College Oversight Committee. Among other activities, the MSC Fisheries Standard is used to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable. The Standard reflects the most up-to-date understanding of internationally accepted fisheries science and management.The MSC’s Peer …

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Team members Rosa Escobar and Gustavo Nunez participate in the Sea Lice 2018 Conference

5-8 November 2018 – Rosa Escobar and Gustavo Nunez (along with about 300 other researchers) participated in the Sea Lice 2018 conference in Chile. Rosa presented her work:  Escobar, R.H., D.M. Fields, H.I. Browman, S.D. Shema, R.M. Bjelland, A.B. Skiftesvik & C.M.F. Durif. The effects of hydrogen peroxide on mortality, escape response and oxygen consumption of Calanus spp.  and Gustavo presented …

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Webinar on aquatic animal welfare

19 October 2018 – Howard Browman participated in a webinar on aquatic animal welfare organized by the U.S. Aquaculture Society and the U.S. National Aquaculture Association. Other talks were given by Craig Watson, Director, University of Florida, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, Ben Diggles, Director, DigsFish Services Pty and Randy MacMillan, Vice-President for Research, Technical Services and Quality Assurance, Clear Springs Foods. The webinar was recorded …

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The Team conducts and experiment on sensitivity of European lobster (Homarus gammarus) larvae stages to delousing agents

July-October 2018. Rosa Escobar, Ole Samuelsen, Ann-Lisbeth Agnalt and Aoife Parsons conducted a series of experiments to asses the sensitivity of European Lobster (Homarus gammarus) larval stages I to IV to the delousing agents Hydrogen Peroxide, Deltamethrin, Azamethiphos and the mixture of the last two. This will be followed by a behavioral study on the impacts of sublethal doses of …

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Bastien Taormina joins the team to work on the effect of electromagnetic fields on juvenile lobster

October 2018 – Bastien Taormina, a Ph.D. student at IFREMER’s Centre de Bretagne, DYNECO, Laboratoire d’écologie benthique lab and France Energies Marines in Plouzané, France, is visiting us to work on the effect of electromagnetic fields (produced by subsea power cables) on juvenile lobster. To accomplish that, and with the assistance of Florian Freytet, he built a coil system (he is …

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Delousing agent keeps juvenile lobsters from finding shelter

3 October 2018 – Alessandro Cresci‘s recent article – Cresci, A., Samuelsen, O. B., Durif, C. M., Bjelland, R. M., Skiftesvik, A. B., Browman, H. I., & Agnalt, A. L. (2018). Exposure to teflubenzuron negatively impacts exploratory behavior, learning and activity of juvenile European lobster (Homarus gammarus). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 160, 216-221. – was covered as a news story by our …