Importance of new protein sources for salmon farming worldwide

Jónas Rúnar Viðarsson, director of value creation at Matís, is currently present North Atlantic Seafood forum (NASF), in Bergen Norway.

Similar to 200 miles on report today, Jónas talks about how important new protein sources are for growing feed production for salmon farming.

At the conference, Jónas presented the SYLFEED project that Matís is working on, and the goal of the project is to develop and design a value chain for the production of protein from forest products. Imports of protein for use in feed amount to 70% in Europe and the product of the SYLFEED project will be used as a high quality protein in fish feed in order to stem the levels of these increasing imports.

In his talk, Jónas also covered new proteins from microalgae, protozoa and insects.

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Find out more about the SYLFEED project here:

Peer-reviewed articles

Comparison of Atmospheric and Lithospheric Culturable Bacterial Communities from Two Dissimilar Active Volcanic Sites, Surtsey Island and Fimmvörðuháls Mountain in Iceland


Aurelien Daussin

Ph.D. Student

Surface microbes are aerosolized into the atmosphere by wind and events such as dust storms and volcanic eruptions. Before they reach their deposition site, they experience stressful atmospheric conditions which preclude the successful dispersal of a large fraction of cells. In this study, our objectives were to assess and compare the atmospheric and lithospheric bacterial cultivable diversity of two geographically different Icelandic volcanic sites: the island Surtsey and the Fimmvörðuháls mountain, to predict the origin of the culturable microbes from these sites, and to select airborne candidates for further investigation. Using a combination of MALDI Biotyper analysis and partial 16S rRNA gene sequencing, a total of 1162 strains were identified, belonging to 72 species affiliated to 40 genera with potentially 26 new species. The most prevalent phyla identified were Proteobacteria and Actinobacteria. Statistical analysis showed significant differences between atmospheric and lithospheric microbial communities, with distinct communities in Surtsey's air. By combining the air mass back trajectories and the analysis of the closest representative species of our isolates, we concluded that 85% of our isolates came from the surrounding environments and only 15% from long distances. The taxonomic proportions of the isolates were reflected by the site's nature and location.

Link to article.


Analysis of the nutritional value and utilization rate of lamb meat

Similar to The farmer's newspaper reported in its latest issue that Matís is now working on accurately analyzing the nutritional value and utilization ratio of lamb meat and lamb carcass by-products.

Measurements of nutrients are carried out on meat, offal and organs. The focus is on the measurements of protein and fat, which determine the energy value, but measurements of water, the total amount of minerals and selected vitamins and minerals are also carried out.

The project is extensive and provides invaluable information on the nutritional value of each individual piece of meat. With new data, it will be possible to improve cost and margin calculations during processing and product price estimation.

Read the full articles, here.

Find out more about the project here:


Saltfish past and present

Kolbrún Sveinsdóttir, project manager at Matís, is a guest on Matvælin, Matís' podcast show. The show covers a wide range of topics when it comes to saltfish, its history and culture.

Kolbrún tells us about the projects that Matís has worked on in relation to the saltfish and what got her interested in that work. The common misconception that salted fish should be very salty is discussed and it is predicted why fully salted fish products are one of the most valuable export products for us Icelanders, but salted fish is not popular here at home.

Should salted fish be to Icelanders what Parma ham is to Italians, and what needs to happen to make salted fish more popular among the people of Iceland?

Don't miss this episode. Listen to the full episode here:

Moderator: Hildur Ýr Thráinsdóttir

The partners of the project are: Íslandstofa, Icelandic saltfish producers, Club of chefs, Møreforsking AS.

The project is funded by: AG-Fisk (Arbejdsgruppen for Fiskerisamarbejdet) organized by the Nordic Council of Ministers, AVS Research Fund.


Head of Finance and Operations

Matís is looking for a versatile manager in the field of finance and
of operation. The job involves a lot of communication, negotiation and
analytical work.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Financial settlement of Matís and settlement of individual projects
  • Responsibility for project accounting
  • Financial plans in collaboration with finance managers and department managers
  • Financial analysis work
  • Development of data utilization and formulation of management information
  • Supervising the operation of real estate, canteen, equipment, computer system and software
  • Overseeing the implementation and development of ICT projects
  • Negotiating and communicating with numerous parties
  • Development of processes and methods

Qualification requirements:

  • University education in the field of finance and operations
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Experience in management and operations
  • Experience in accounting and settlements
  • Good knowledge of financial software
  • Experience in the operation of information technology systems is desirable

Matís is a leader in the field of food research and biotechnology. At Matís's
employs a strong group of 100 people who are passionate about it
to find new ways to maximize the use of raw materials, increase sustainability
and promote public health. Matís' role is to strengthen the competitiveness of Icelandic people
products and industry and ensure food safety, public health and sustainability
utilization of the environment through research, innovation and services. Matís
focuses on practical research that increases the value of Icelandic
food production, promote the safety and wholesomeness of products and sustainability
utilization of natural resources.

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed CV and cover letter. 

All genders are encouraged to apply. 

Information provided by Geirlaug Jóhannsdóttir,


The Minister of Food visited Matís

Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Minister of Food, together with the ministry's employees, visited Matís.

Oddur Már Gunnarsson, CEO of Matís, welcomed the ministry, along with other Matís staff. The Ministry of Food looked into Matí's board meeting where, among other things, the countless opportunities that lie in research and innovation in food production were discussed. The visit was most enjoyable.

Matís' staff would like to thank you very much for the visit and look forward to continued successful cooperation with the Ministry.


Matís is advertising for a professional manager in Neskaupstaður

Matís runs an office in East Iceland, which is located in Múlan in Neskaupstaður. The activity is two-fold and is divided into service measurements (microbiological and chemical) and development and research work. The facility has a powerful biomass plant at its disposal, which is used for research work as well as for servicing the food and biotechnology industry in the country.

Area of work

  • Customer acquisition, communication with companies, individuals and municipalities
  • Operational responsibility for the establishment in Neskaupstaður
  • Formulation of the strategy of the establishment and biomass plant in Neskaupstað
  • Project procurement
  • Planning, prioritization and coordination of projects and measurements
  • Supervision of personnel matters at the establishment

Qualification requirements

  • University education that is useful in work. Further education is an advantage
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Initiative, independence and ambition
  • Experience with measurement and acquisition and management of research projects is desirable

Employment rate is 100%. The person will work at Matís' laboratory in Neskaupstaður.

Matís is a leader in the field of food research and biotechnology. We have a dynamic team that is passionate about finding new ways to maximize the use of raw materials, increase sustainability and promote public health.

All genders are encouraged to apply. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed CV as well as the phone number or email address of the recommender.

The application deadline is January 31, 2023

More information about the job is provided by:

Guðmundur Stefánsson, department manager,, phone: 422 5048.


Rubella genotyping tests – Price change at Matís

This autumn, Matís offered rickets genetic analysis (PrP analysis) at a bargain price (3,000 ISK + VAT per analysis), but the analyzes were subsidized by the Sheep Breeding Development Fund. This project was set up in order to ensure that it would be possible to carry out the analysis quickly and efficiently in the autumn, in parallel with the selection of intentions. The offer price has been valid until now but as of today January 18, 2023, this project has been closed. 

A more detailed description of Matís' services and the price of PrP analyzes for the coming term will be announced soon.

Advisory Center for Agriculture


New technology for environmental monitoring of aquaculture in sea pens

Matís and RORUM combine the companies' unique expertise to jointly develop new technology for environmental monitoring of aquaculture in sea pens. In the project, species richness will be used, which is a good measure of the condition of the bottom of the fish ponds.

The aim of the project is to develop a safe, cheap and fast method to assess the state of benthic communities in farming areas using a genetic method. The method will simplify and speed up decision-making about the length of the rest period of farming areas and thus base the length of the rest period on real data about the state of the ecosystem at any given time. This is not the least important in light of the fact that regulatory bodies need to be well informed about the condition of farming areas and it is in the interests of the farming companies to use farming areas in a sustainable manner.

RORUM's research shows that certain species, or groups of species, characterize different conditions under and near fish farms. In the project, 30 species of invertebrates are selected that are characteristic of different seabed conditions and the DNA sequences in their mitochondrial genes are sequenced, but mitochondrial genes are unique for each species.

The DNA sequences are stored in a database for species identification of unknown bottom samples, and therefore the database serves an important role for monitoring and research.

Knowledge, experience and a database of benthic animals in Icelandic fjords, is the basis for Matís and RORUM's collaboration in the project and which will result in this new technology. The results will be directly useful in the monitoring of fish farming and research in general on the biosphere of Icelandic fjords.

The project is funded by Sjókvíaeldi's Environmental Fund.


Is the grass greener on the other side?

In the latest issue of Bændablaðin, there is an interview with Margréti Geirsdóttir, project manager at Matís, about the project Is the grass greener on the other side? which is supported by the Food Fund.

Together with Matís, the Agricultural University of Iceland (Lbhí), the Icelandic Farmers Association (BÍ) and the Agricultural Advisory Center (RML) are participating in the project. The project started last fall and is for one year. Its purpose is, among other things, to acquire knowledge about protein processing from Icelandic grass and analyze the feasibility of setting up a plant for protein processing from grass in Iceland. The benefit of the project is increased food security in Iceland, which is achieved by increasing domestic protein production for use in feed and food.

Photo from the initial meeting of the project. Sitting at the table from left to right: Þórey Gylfadóttir (RML), Þóroddur Sveinsson (LBHÍ), Margrét Geirsdóttir (Matís), Rósa Jónsdóttir (Matís), Jóhannes Sveinbjörnsson (LBHÍ), Eva Margrét Jónudóttir (Matís) and Sæmundur Sveinsson (Matís). Ditte Clausen (RML), Borgar Páll Bragason (RML) and Valur Klemensson (BÍ) participated electronically

The interview can be found in Bændablaðin on page 14, here.

Learn about the project Is the grass greener on the other side?, by clicking on the link below: