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Fall is the season for lobster fishing. Is it

extinction next or can the lobster withstand

its popularity? Interview by the national radio

channel NRK P2 on lobster fishing and conservation 

(in Norwegian).


OceanBites coverage of our new article "Marine Protected Areas Rescue a Sexually Selected Trait in European Lobster". Read more.



A "selfie box": Being recognized by the doorman (and thrown out) can become a reality for escaped farmed salmon too.

At least if the artificial intelligence project

Quadeye is taken further. The Submerged

-developed camera has now been in the Etne River for a week and the data collected will provide food for machine learning next year. Coverage by Tekfisk, teknisk ukeblad,,


The underwater restaurant Under in Lindesnes, southern Norway, is more than a Michelin honoured gastronomic wonder, -it is also a laboratory for marine ecology! Read more.  














His Majesty the Crown Prince came to visit us in Flødevigen to check out what we are up to and learn how we do science! I explained to him that wrasses are highly capable of finding their way home if they are relocated close to shoreline. Her og Nå magazine.

The lobster's sex life creates

room for larger reserves.

Coverage of my doctoral thesis

in Norwegian news:,,,,,






A creative group of Zoology and Marine Biology students made a fun video out of our paper "Harvesting changes mating behaviour in European lobster" as part of their university course assignment. Watch it here!





What’s good for farmed salmon may

not be for natural ecosystems.
"A team from Norway discovered a

decline in wild wrasse populations after

comparing catch rates at four marine

protected areas - where fishing is

banned - and at four regions where

fishing is allowed". Read more.







Lobster no longer red listed in the new status report 2015. But that is not necessary good new for the lobster, says the scientists. Read more.

Update: In the 2021 version, it is back on the list, considered vulnerable.








Opinion article in Aftenposten. 

Large lobsters must be protected,

minimum size is not enough.
The large lobsters can be the lifeline

for future lobster fishing. But then

they must be protected. Since the

1960s, we have had a greatly red-

uced population of lobsters along

the Norwegian coast, and today the

lobster is listed on the red list of

endangered species. If we had not

become so good at catching them,

we would have had 70-year-old

lobsters that weigh multiple kilos

because they grow all their lives.

But the fact is that they are almost

non-existent. Read more.

Essay in Harvest Magazine. The hunt for black lobster; we reap what we sow, also beneath the surface. Throughout the summer, the poacher had been careful. He had set the cod rush deep and out of sight from places people would pass by boats. Weather and wind had worn of his name and number on the rope to the unrecognizable, so if anyone were to discover it, they would not be able to track him down. He hid all the lobsters he had managed to lure into the pots in an old freezer filled with salt water, a storage invention that was to keep the animals alive until the annual summer party on the pier. No one but his most trusted friends knew about his shady business, he thought. Nevertheless, the police had appeared one afternoon and opened his freezer. Read more.


Researchers Grand Prix: I once upon a time participated in Forsker Grand Prix (2013), and survived to the semi-finale. Watch it here.

TV show "Havforskerne"("The marine scientists"), 

Participant in ep. 6, TV agder. Watch it here.




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