Published 28.06.2016 - Updated 28.06.2016

Paper of the Month - Reproductive strategy of a migratory fish stock: implications of spatial variations in natural mortality

The reproductive strategy in a migratory marine fish may be influenced by spatial variations in mortality in early life-stages. In a new study a team of scientists, including Hjort Centre researchers Geir Ottersen and Frode Vikebø, examine how spawning time and location affect offspring survival and growth of Barents Sea cod. A drift model for early life-stages of the cod is combined with empirical estimates of spatial variation in mortality at two different life-stages. The study is now available online in Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

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Published 31.05.2016 - Updated 31.05.2016

Fishackathon Bergen 2016 Summary of the event by coordinator Dorothy J. Dankel

On Earth Day weekend, April 22/24, 2016, three teams convened for the first time ever in Norway to compete in the global competition called “Fishackathon”. A “hack” means to come up with an innovative idea, or way of approaching a given problem. A “hack-a-thon” is a new term that refers to gatherings or competitions where many “hackers” “hack” a solution to a problem. “Fishackathon” was born in 2013 as part of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s ocean initiative.

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Published 18.05.2016 - Updated 18.05.2016

Paper of the Month - The herring genome revealed

The herring genome provides new insight on how species adapt to their environment

How species genetically adapt to their environment is a central question related to the evolution of biodiversity. In a new study scientists at Uppsala University and their colleagues, including Hjort Centre researcher Professor Arild Folkvord, report that whole genome sequencing of Atlantic and Baltic herring revealed hundreds of loci underlying adaptation to the brackish Baltic Sea or timing of reproduction. The study was published 3 May in eLife.

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