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AFSC Seminar Series No. 12

Scheduled Seminars

Ecosystem Approach in Fishery Science, Surveillance, and Management Advices: The Reorganization of the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway

Presenter: Dr. Erlend Moksness, Research Director, Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway
When: Friday, September 15, 2006, 10:00am
Where: Bldg. 4, Traynor Seminar Room, Rm. 2076,  AFSC, Sand Point Campus, Seattle, Washington

Presenter's Bio:

Dr. Erlend Moksness is currently working as Research Director at the Institute of Marine Research in Norway.  His area of responsibility is Management Advice on Coastal Zone Ecosystem.  His background is in recruitment, fish ageing, stock enhancement of marine fishes and aquaculture of marine fishes.  He has published more than 86 scientific articles and co-editor of seven proceedings and scientific books.


In 2002, the Norwegian Government adopted the ecosystem approach as the central principle for management of the goods and services of the marine ecosystems within its domain. Likewise, multinational political bodies as the 5th Conference of the Ministers of Environment along the North Sea countries underlined the ecosystem approach in its declaration the same year.

To meet the emerging requests for management advices based on science and surveillance conducted in accordance with the ecosystem approach, the Board of the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway, decided to carry out a reorganization in 2002-2003. By 2004 IMR have been changed from a classic, hierarchical organization with separate research departments, divisions and thematic programmes, to an integrated institute with a flat structure of research groups, ecosystem based programmes and a common infrastructure.   A revision of the organisation has taken place in 2006, resulting in an updated version of the organisation starting by January 2007.

The reorganizing process has been co-ordinated by a “core” group of the scientific and administrative leaders, and representatives from the employee’s unions. A number of committees have been appointed with specific mandates to evaluate, suggest or develop structural elements of the existing or evolving organization. In most of the process, involved units of the institute have become supportive to the evolution of the new organization.

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