Institute of Marine Research

Short Name: HAVFO
Country: Norway


Havforskningsinstituttet is the Institute of Marine Research in Norway. HAVFO (known as IMR) is the second biggest research institute of its kind in Europe, with over 1,000 employees. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring.

In January 2018, HAVFO was merged with NIFES – The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research. The new institute will be a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems and the whole food chain from the sea to the table.

HAVFOhasitsheadofficeinBergen,butitalsohasanofficeinTromsøandresearchstationsinMatre,Austevoll and Flødevigen. In addition, the Research Vessel Department has ownership responsibility for the research vessels, which are its most important tools for collecting marine data. HAVFO also has several laboratories that analyse the samples taken by its monitoring and research programmes.

Through its research and advice, HAVFO seeks to help society to continue exploiting the valuable assets in the sea sustainably. We are a neutral knowledge provider, and we publicise our research results both in Norway and internationally.HAVFO is an agency of the Ministry of Trade,Industry and Fisheries, which also provides around half of our funding. The rest of our funding comes from external research grants. HAVFO’s main task is to be a research driven advisor to the Norwegian Government regarding management of the national marine resources, aquaculture and marine environment. The RV department operates a fleet of Research Vessels and scientific instruments used in support of the research and surveillance activities performed by the researchers.


HAVFO (IMR) are involved in WP2 Transnational Access.
Access to Research Vessels and related infrastructure: RV GO SARS [Ocean/Regional] along with both Hugin AUV [3000m depth rating] and ROV Ægir 6000 [Workclass, 6000m depth rating]

HAVFO will also undertake activities in WP3 Joint Research Activities, WP5 Stakeholder Engagement, and WP8 Foresight: Legacy and Roadmap.

Relevant Publications


Postboks 1870, Nordnes 5817 Bergen
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