IFL is looking for an office worker

The Reykjavík Fisheries Research Institute wishes to hire an employee for office work. This is a 100% job. The job involves specialized office work.

Among the things the job involves are:

  • Project management
  • Saving data
  • Publishing assistance
  • Correspondence
  • Photocopying
  • Replacement in telephone service
  • Other incidental tasks

Qualification requirements:

  • Good education
  • Good computer skills
  • Good command of the Icelandic and English languages
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Independent, precise and organized work methods
  • Ready to tackle challenging tasks
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude

Wages are according to collective agreements of public employees. Remuneration, rights and obligations are otherwise governed by the Act on the Rights and Duties of Government Employees No. 70/1996.

The application deadline is March 12, 2006 and it is assumed that the person in question will start work on April 1st. Applications with information about education and previous jobs as well as copies of exam documents are requested to be sent by e-mail to the e-mail address or by letter to the Fisheries Research Institute, Skúlagata 4, 101 Reykjavík. Information about the job is provided by Guðlaug Þóra Marinósdóttir, tel. 530-8600.


Where are Icelanders' fish consumption heading? An informative article in Ægi

As reported here on the web in January, a project was recently launched on possible ways to increase fish consumption again, especially young people, but research shows that in many respects it should be a steep climb for that age group. Recently, an informative summary of the project was published in the magazine Ægi and can be read here in pdf format.

As readers of this website have no doubt noticed, a variety of discussions about the benefits of fish consumption have been prominent in recent weeks. This is how the Economist's recent discussion on the excellence of fish consumption, especially with regard to omega-3 fatty acids, was also published. report which shows that there are very few undesirable substances in fish from Icelandic waters. Then in January it was introduced project here at IFL, which aims to increase new fish consumption in this country, and the project is well covered in the article in Ægi. The authors of the article, entitled "Where are Icelanders' fish consumption headed?? ”Are Emilía Martinsdóttir, head of department at IFL and Kolbrún Sveinsdóttir, food scientist.

But despite this positive news, surveys show that fish are becoming less and less popular with people, especially the younger generation. This is a matter of concern, as these are important consumers in the future. Decreasing fish consumption is no less a concern from a health point of view, as seafood and fish, for example, are an important source of vitamin D, which is essential for the body's calcium production and can work against osteoporosis in later life. 

It is therefore not without reason that it was decided to launch a special initiative, which aims to stimulate the interest of younger generations in this country in fish. 

Read the article in Ægi


More done on Rimini than lounging in the sun…

Recently, a conference was held at Rimini in Italy, called the Mediterranean Seafood Expositon 2006, which is the largest seafood exhibition held in Italy. In connection with the exhibition, a meeting was held to discuss how the latest technology can be used to ensure the quality and safety of marine products. Among those invited to deliver a speech there was dr. Guðrún Ólafsdóttir, specialist at IFL.

Guðrún says that one of the reasons why she was invited to give a lecture at the meeting is that one of the main organizers of the conference was "Íslandsvinurinn" dr. Bianca Maria Poli, Professor at the University of Florence. Dr. Poli is also the president of the National Association of Fisheries Companies in Italy (L'Assoittica Italia - Associazione Nazionale delle Aziende Ittiche). She first came here for the TAFT 2003 conference and was fascinated by the country, the nation and - also how Icelanders run their fisheries and fish processing.

Speakers at the meeting came from various Italian universities, but two foreign lecturers were invited to speak at the meeting. In addition to Guðrún, there was Joop Luten from Fiskeriforskning in Norway, and he presented research from The Seafoodplus project, including consumer research in which IFL participates and has been reported before here on the site.

According to Guðrún, her talk was about rapid methods for quality, safety and species analysis of fish, where she explained the possibilities of using rapid measurements with various technologies, such as electronic noses. She also discussed other innovations in the water, such as "smart labels" for packaging, such as TTI (time temperature integrators) and rapid test kits for pathogenic bacteria and histamine, which concern the safety of marine products. 

Guðrún says that the Italians continued to seem to modernize their fishing industry and were interested in hearing what other nations were doing in this field.


Less soap - more activity?

The production of safe, wholesome food requires that it be made from good raw materials, but also that the highest level of hygiene is maintained in its production. However, cleaning in the food industry is expensive and therefore important that they play their role, without costing companies and the environment too much.

A few years ago, there was a lot of discussion about the so-called ideology cleaner production technology and was originally from the US Environmental Protection Agency and aimed to reduce pollution immediately at the point of pollution. This ideology also extended to the food industry, where companies tried to make the best use of the raw material, reduce electricity and water consumption and, last but not least, reduce the use of detergents.

Among the things that food companies have done to reduce the use of detergents is to improve the design of production equipment and make it more environmentally friendly, but also to study the diverse flowering of microorganisms that thrive in different food processing and require different responses. It is not the quantity of the substances that matters, but their activity.

In 2005, a project began at IFL called Improved use of detergents in the fishing industry and reduction of cleaning costs and is scheduled to end later this year. The project is carried out in collaboration between IFL and Tandur hf., A company that specializes in services and advice to companies and institutions regarding hygiene and cleaning materials.

The project, funded by the IFL and AVS funds, aims to find ways to increase the efficiency of cleaning in the processing environment of marine products, while reducing the use of detergents and cleaning costs. Tækjasjóður Rannís supported the purchase of special washing equipment for the project, which has now been installed in the processing hall of the Fisheries House and was tested this morning.


Unwanted substances in Icelandic seafood far below the danger level

At a press conference held at Sjávarútvegshúsið today, the results of a monitoring project that IFL is working on for the Ministry of Fisheries were presented. The results show that Icelandic seafood contains very few undesirable substances.

Einar K. Guðfinnsson, Minister of Fisheries, and Ásta Margrét Ásmundsdóttir, Project Manager at IFL, presented at the meeting a new IFL report on the results of monitoring of undesirable substances in marine products, which was conducted in 2004.

The project actually started in 2003 at the initiative of the ministry and will be continued in the coming years.

The report presented today is called Undesirable substances in seafood products– results from the monitoring activities in 2004 and contains results for the second year of the monitoring. As revealed by measurements in 2003, its results show that the edible part of fish caught in Icelandic waters contains very small amounts of dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs and the ten types of pesticides (insecticides and plant toxins) that were measured in the study. 

So-called pointer PCBs also measure well below the maximum levels in force in our trading partners. The same can be said for mercury, which is measured in the worst case at a level that is 1/10 of the maximum agreed in the European Union.

Read the report


The capelin is cut and cut on IFL

The market for ready-made fresh food has grown rapidly in recent years, especially in Europe, and many have seen in this development the possibility of increasing the value of seafood. However, it may be reversed as it is difficult to use seafood in prepared foods. The main thing that has prevented seafood from being used in prepared dishes is that fish is a very sensitive raw material due to the high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids that can oxidize and cause bad taste.

In order to make it easier for fish processing companies to meet the demands of the market, it is clear that more knowledge needs to be gained about the stability of prepared fish dishes and the effect of boiling on product quality. Consumers are increasingly demanding the availability of prepared foods, but also want the product to retain important properties, such as nutritional content and taste quality. At the same time, increased requirements are made for freshness and increased shelf life.

Last year began project at IFL which aims to investigate Effects of Oxidation on Membrane Phospholipids, Proteins and Fish Muscle Inhibitors / Inhibitors which affect the taste and nutritional value of fish. The effects of boiling and heating should also be considered as a stimulating factor in the formation of taste defects in boiled cod. The results of the project will increase the understanding of oxidation in boiled fish that causes taste defects and at the same time give ideas on ways to prevent the formation of these taste defects in products.

When allocating from Rannís Research Fund, today it was revealed that the aforementioned project had received a follow-up grant of over ISK 4 million, so it is clear that the investigation of oxidation in fish at full power at IFL will continue in the coming months.

Today, the working group of the project was researching capelin at IFL with regard to the aforementioned characteristics and the attached photo was taken on that occasion. The project manager of the project is dr. Guðrún Ólafsdóttir, but others who work on it at IFL are Margrét Bragadóttir and Rósa Jónsdóttir. As previously stated, Rannís is funding the project, which is expected to be completed in 2008.


Prevention in aquaculture: New report on IFL

The report was recently released Prevention in aquaculture, which is a progress report on a project of the same name that began in 2004 and ends in 2007. The project investigates, among other things, how methods can be developed to analyze and improve environmental aspects of halibut and cod farming in the early stages of farming, ie. from hatching to larval stages, during which time the losses in the fire are greatest.

The project, like the report, is divided into two separate parts: Part A, is called Prevention in cod farming and it is Hélène Lauzon, a food scientist at IFL, who is the project manager for that part. Part B is called, on the other hand, the classification of microorganisms: Probiotic experiments and the project manager of that part is Rannveig Björnsdóttir, head of the Department of Fisheries at IFL and lecturer at the University of Akureyri.

The project is funded by AVS and IFL, but it involves scientists from various other institutions, in addition to IFL, such as the University of Iceland Laboratory of Pathology, the Marine Research Institute's Experimental Center at Stað, Grindavík, the fish farming company Fiskey ehf, the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (Akureyri). and Hólar School.

Read the report


Ministry of Fisheries: The capelin quota increased to 210 thousand tonnes

The website reports that the Ministry of Fisheries has, at the suggestion of the Marine Research Institute, decided to increase the capelin quota for the winter season 2006 to 210 thousand tonnes, or about 110 thousand tonnes. Of this, 103 thousand trains go to Icelandic ships. IFL's branch manager in Neskaupstaður is pleased with the quality of capelin.

Capelin fishermen, shipowners, etc. will no doubt be happy with this news, as many people were probably upset that the season would start this time.

On the website today there is also a short interview with Þorstein Yngvarsson, branch manager of IFL in Neskaupstaður, but he is happy with the capelin that the capelin ship Beitir NK brought for landing, says it is big and fat. It should be noted that most of the country's fishmeal factories are located in the operating area of IFL's branch in East Iceland, and therefore the seasonal mood at IFL in Neskaupstaður when the capelin season starts in full force. 

IFL in Neskaupstaður has three employees.


IFL employee on his way to Australia

Katrín Ásta Stefánsdóttir, an employee of the Processing and Development Department of IFL's Research Division, intends to pursue a master's degree in food science. This would not be newsworthy unless Katrín does not go the shortest way to her goal, but the Earth ends.

Catherine started working at IFL in 2004, after graduating with a BS in Food Science from the University of Iceland. In fact, it can be said that she had one foot on IFL some time before because she worked on part of a large project in food engineering II at IFL under the guidance of IFL experts.

Katrín has previously gone astray in her career choices, for example in 2003 she was hired to work as a researcher in food chemistry at the Vysoká Škola Chemicko-Technologická (VSCHT, Institute of Chemical Technology), Prague, which she says was very informative and fun experience.

Katrín's interest in pursuing postgraduate studies in food science in Australia can be traced to the fact that in 2005 she went on a world trip, including a visit to Australia, and reportedly liked the country and the nation. Does not spoil so that  Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where Katrín intends to study, offers exciting studies in her field of interest, processing and innovation of food from seafood. 

Today is Katrín's last day at IFL (at least for now) and she is wished good luck in play and work in foreign lands.


Presentation of fish consumption in the present (and future?)

Icelanders are among the largest fish-consuming nations in the world and it is often linked to the longevity and good health of the nation in general, but now there are some glimmers in the air in that respect, as fish consumption, especially young people, has declined significantly in recent years.

At a meeting at IFL today, ways to stay afloat were discussed, preferably to increase fish consumption, especially for younger people, as it is the people who will inherit the land and also the buyers in the coming decades. According to the National Food Council's national survey of the diet of adult Icelanders, fish consumption has fallen sharply in a few years or by at least 30% and most among young people (Laufey Steingrímsdóttir et al. 2003) and this causes many concerns, both health authorities and producers and sellers of seafood.

Declining fish consumption, especially among younger people, is partly due to a change in consumption patterns in general, with an increased supply of various meat products and ready-made dishes such as chicken and pork, pizzas and pasta dishes. Surveys also show that eating habits and family habits have changed significantly in recent decades and this has an effect on consumption habits.

At the meeting held at IFL this morning, Icelandic was introduced project, which aims to promote the consumption of seafood, especially with young people in mind. The purpose of the project, funded by the ACP Fund, is to promote health and improve the image of marine products.

Up to now, work has been done to establish focus groups with the participation of young people, and this has been done in collaboration between IFL and the H.Í. There have also been discussions with fish sellers and restaurants and draft questions for a consumer survey that will take place in the coming months. 

Taste is an e-d that is earned and therefore it is important that children have access to good ingredients from the beginning. With the introduction of canteens in pre-schools and primary schools, it is likely that children will eat most fish meals in such places, and therefore it is desirable that the quality is maintained. 

Access to fresh fish is also different, for example in the case of Emilía Martinsdóttir, who manages the project on behalf of IFL, that about half of all fish shops in the capital area are in the central and western part of Reykjavík and in Seltjarnarnes. On the other hand, there are less than 10% fish shops for the whole of Grafarvogur, Grafarholt and Árbær, where a lot of children and teenagers live. Admittedly, this does not tell the whole story as fish (usually frozen) is sold in most discount stores.

Participants in the project are the Social Sciences Institute H.Í., the Laboratory of Nutrition at LSH and SH-services, as well as IFL.