A Norwegian researcher is starting a study to find out whether feeding prisoners a diet heavy on fish is a good way to fight crime, the ANB news agency reported Friday.

Researcher Anita Lill Hansen wants to see whether there is a connection between the amount of oily fish that people consume, and problems such as controlling impulsive actions, violent outbursts and lack of concentration.

Those are traits commonplace among prisoners in Norwegian jails, the University of Bergen researcher said.

The project is being planned in cooperation with the national center for seafood research, and the Norwegian prison authorities in western Norway.

"A lot of crimes are committed on impulse," Leif Waage, a prison service spokesman told ANB. If fatty oil found in fish "has a positive effect on people's impulse control, we hope it could result in a reduction in crime."

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I thought something was smelling fishy about this whole thing but if it works, it'd be one cool way to lower crime.