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Field work for offshore wind project ++ kicks off!

7 May 2021 – Studying the orientation behavior of cod, haddock and halibut larvae in situ in Norwegian fjords (using drifting chambers) to support a better understanding, and biophysical coupled simulation modelling, of their dispersal. For cod, haddock, and sandeel, we will also obtain unique data to better understand the possible impact-risk (if any) of planned large-scale offshore wind facilities …

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Hunting for sand eel

Mid-december 2020 – A team from IMR consisting of Caroline Durif, Alessandro Cresci and Elin Sørhus went out to the open ocean outside of Karmøy to fetch ripe sandeel. Together with fisherman Geir Kenneth Eriksen and his boat “Åkrabuen”, they caught 45 adult sand eel and brought them back to the IMR’s Austevoll Research Station. Sand eel is a forage …

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The eel field work period has started!

28 July 2020 – Eel season has started and our team is collecting samples to learn more about the life history strategies of the European eel. Eels are catadromous, meaning that they spawn in the sea but grow in freshwater. However, some individuals skip the freshwater phase and complete their life-cycle in marine coastal waters. During our current field work, …

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ICES Working Group on Offshore Wind Development and Fisheries

6 July 2020 – Alessandro Cresci has been appointed as a member ICES Working Group on Offshore Wind Development and Fisheries (WGOWDF), chaired by Andrew Lipsky, Andrew Gill, and Antje Gimpel. The working group will generate review papers, methods publications, and recommendation reports assessing the impacts of offshore wind farms on fishery operations and fishing communities, fishery-independent surveys, fishery-dependent data, …

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European Marine Board’s Working Group on underwater noise kicks off!

30 June 2020 – Alessandro Cresci has been appointed as a member of the European Marine Board’s (EMB) newly formed working group on underwater noise. This group, chaired by Dr. Frank Thomsen (DHI, Denmark) and co-chaired by Sonia Mendes (JNCC, UK), is populated by leading European experts on underwater noise. The underwater noise working group published a position paper in …

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Intense days of wrasse field work underway

25 June 2020 – Torkel Larsen, Anne Berit Skiftesvik and Kim Halvorsen, with some help from Alessandro Cresci, are engaged in an intensive 10 days of field work (8-9 hours a day on the water) as part of the team’s ongoing research on coastal wrasse population dynamics and reproductive ecology. The photos are of Anne Berit with a pollock (a …

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Eels only reach puberty at the age of 19

25 May 2020 – Read a story about this new article by the team: Durif, Caroline; Diserud, Ola; Sandlund, Odd Terje; Thorstad, Eva; Poole, Russel; Bergesen, Knut; Escobar-Lux, Rosa; Shema, Steven; Vøllestad, Leif Asbjørn. 2020. Age of European silver eels during a period of declining abundance in Norway. Ecology and Evolution 2020;00:1-15.Read the paper

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Read a story about our recent article on swimming and orientation in herring larvae

3 May 2020. Read a story about our recent article, Cresci, Alessandro, Bridie J. M. Allan, Steven D. Shema, Anne Berit Skiftesvik, and Howard I. Browman. 2020. Orientation behavior and swimming speed of Atlantic herring larvae (Clupea harengus) in situ and in laboratory exposures to rotated artificial magnetic fields. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 526 (2020): 151358. Link …

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Munin conference on scholarly publishing

26-28 November 2019 – Howard Browman and Mirjam Curno led a Committee on Publication Ethics sponsored workshop on Standards of Peer Review the day before the Munin Conference (see photo below). Howard presented a talk at the conference entitled, “Applying organized skepticism to preprints“. Read the abstract of the talk HERE and watch a video of the talk HERE. All …