Discusses omega-3 fatty acids in The Economist

The prestigious weekly The Economist publishes in the latest issue. There are two articles on omega-3 fatty acids, one of which discusses a study conducted in the UK on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on pregnant women on their children's development. In short, the study seems to show once again that the positive aspects of fish consumption are many times greater than the negative ones.   

The study, which The Economist covers, lasted 15 years and included 14,000 women and their children. The results of the study, called the Avon study, were presented at a recent scientific conference in London. Numerous studies on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids have been conducted in recent decades, and many articles have been published in reputable scientific journals on their beneficial effects, including for the heart and brain. Articles on this subject in a magazine as widely read as The Economist can be expected to have a wider impact on people's opinions than many others.

According to the author of The Economist, the results of the Avon study should be of particular interest to the US authorities, who have warned against consuming fish by pregnant women, partly because of fears about the harmful effects of certain types of mercury. Dr. Joseph Hibbeln from the National Institutes of Health in the USA says, however, that the study unequivocally shows that the benefits of fish consumption are multiplied by the dangers that can arise from mercury in fish.

Although the author of The Economist points out that one should be careful not to draw too broad conclusions from the results of the Avon study so far, but is clearly convinced of the merits of omega-3.

For those who still doubt the health of the fish, it can be pointed out that research shows that the amount of undesirable substances found in fish from Icelandic waters is far below the reference limit.

Article The Economist


The Fisheries Library is changing

It is now empty to look at the library which is housed in the Fisheries House. Major changes have taken place there since the middle of last year, and at present most of the museum's publications are packed in boxes.

One of the best kept secrets in the Fisheries House, Skúlagata 4, is The Fisheries Library which is housed on the third floor. The museum is the property of the Marine Research Institute and IFL and is a specialist museum in the field of oceanography and fisheries as well as food science, with a special emphasis on fish. Many researchers and students have taken advantage of the museum in recent years and the museum is also open to the public, although books are not available for loan.

The changes include the fact that part of the museum's premises were taken over for operations United Nations University School of Fisheries, which has been operated at Sjávarútvegshúsið since the school's establishment in 1998. The number of students at the school has increased steadily since its establishment and it was therefore considered necessary to add the facilities that the school's students have had at their disposal.

According to Eiríkur Einarsson, a librarian, it is time consuming to pack an entire library together and put it back together, but the aim is for the library's work to return to normal at the beginning of March next year.


Requested for companies that produce target foods

IFL has received a press release from Denmark advertising for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in European network projects of companies that produce functional food. 

The project covers companies in about 20 European countries and aims, among other things, to share knowledge and innovations in this field. The press release states that more than 100 companies have already announced their participation, but that there is room for about 20 more.

Read the press release


Meeting in Sauðárkrókur: Slides on the web

On Thursday 5 January, a large meeting was held in Verin, the new Hólar School Development Center, located at Háeyri 1 by the harbor in Sauðárkrókur. The purpose of the meeting was to present a 6 million ISK grant that the Ministries of Fisheries and Industry have provided to support research in the field of aquaculture, seafood processing and food processing in Sauðárkrókur and at Hólaskóli.

In a report in Morgunblaðin last Saturday, Einar Guðfinnsson, the Minister of Fisheries, is quoted as saying that "the future is bright in Skagafjörður and the Development Center will certainly produce significant research and discoveries for the benefit of the Icelandic fishing industry."

IFL has for a long time operated four branches in the countryside and has therefore long focused on strengthening its research in the countryside. IFL has recently placed increased emphasis on strengthening co-operation with higher education institutions anywhere in the country.

A co-operation agreement is in force between IFL and Hólar University for research, and an IFL employee is part-time teaching at the school. It is clear that the financial support of the ministries will significantly support the development of IFL in Skagafjörður. In the news Mbl. says that it is planned to strengthen the collaboration even further with a special collaboration agreement on research and development in the field of aquaculture, natural sciences and food processing, where it is expected that the University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri will be parties to this agreement. Seafood.  

Here are some slides that the speakers at the meeting supported, but the agenda of the meeting was as follows:

Address - Einar K. Guðfinnsson, Minister of Fisheries

2.  AVS Research Fund - Friðrik Friðriksson

3.  IFL in the North - Sjöfn Sigurgísladóttir Rf

4. Co-operation between FISK hf. at schools and research institutes - Jón Eðvald Friðriksson, managing director

5.  Aquaculture and research at Hólar University - Helgi Thorarensen, Hólar School

6.  Feed and fire - Rannveig Björnsdóttir IFL and the University of Akureyri

7.  Protein from seafood and water reuse in aquaculture - Ragnar Jóhannsson, IFL and Hólaskóli

8. Cooperation and development in Sauðárkrókur, Skúli Skúlason - Rector of Hólar University


Protein processing on IFL topics in Innovate

The Nordic Innovation Center publishes the Innovate newsletter in English and in the latest issue. of the year 2005 can be found interviews with Sjöfn Sigurgísladóttir CEO and Margrét Geirsdóttir, food scientist at IFL. The topic of discussion is the possibilities inherent in the processing of high-quality fish proteins.

Role The Nordic Innovation Center (Nordisk InnovationsCenter) is, among other things, "working to make the Nordic countries an active internal market without borders where nothing prevents the free transfer of skills, ideas, capital, people or products," as stated in the introduction on the organization's website.

The institute is based in Oslo and employs people from all the Nordic countries. The agency publishes reports and newsletters, including Innovate, as stated above.

The interview with Sjöfn is entitled One fish, two fish (p. 10) and the title of the interview with Margrét is Something fishy (p. 9).

Lesa Innovate


GENIMPACT: An online project to assess the potential genetic effects of aquaculture

Genetically modified foods have been the subject of considerable debate in recent years, and not everyone agrees on their effects. There has been a debate of two kinds, on the one hand about whether food can have a detrimental effect on human health and, on the other hand, what effect the cultivation of genetically modified crops has on the environment and the ecosystem as a whole. This debate has also reached the aquaculture industry, where some are concerned about the potential impact of farmed fish on wild stocks.

Recently, a multinational European project was launched with the aim of gathering information on the potential genetic effects of aquaculture. This information will then be disseminated to stakeholders, the government and the public.

The project is called  Genimpact  but its formal name is Evaluation of genetic impact of aquaculture activities on native populations - A European network and it's dr. Terje Svåsand from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research leading the project. Among those who are members of the project is Guðrún Marteinsdóttir, professor of fisheries at the Institute of Biology at the University of Iceland.

Dr. Þorleifur Ágústson, fish physiologist at IFL, will take part in this project and he will take part in projects 1 and 2, which are on the one hand the effect of aquaculture on the fish genome and on the other hand the development of measurement technology to assess genetic contamination in nature.


Press release: Introductory meeting on January 5 in Sauðárkrókur

A joint presentation meeting between IFL, Hólar University and Fisk Seafood on the development of research and development activities at the Verin Development Center in Sauðárkrókur will be held next Thursday 5 January at 16: 00-18: 00 in Verin, research and teaching building at Hólar University in Sauðárkrókur.

In recent years, IFL has placed great emphasis on strengthening its research in rural areas. IFL has thus had a growing collaboration on research with FISK Seafood in Skagafjörður and Hólar University on the processing of marine catch, food processing and aquaculture. Hólaskóli and FISK Seafood have in recent years formed a close connection between the strengthening of knowledge in aquaculture and fish biology with the introduction of beautiful housing for such activities in Sauðárkrókur.

It is now planned to further strengthen this co-operation through a special co-operation agreement on research and development in the field of aquaculture, natural sciences and food processing. In addition to IFL, Hólar University and Fisk Seafood, it is expected that the University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri will be parties to this agreement, as well as other partners. The purpose of the agreement is to place special emphasis on the development, operation and utilization of the Hólar School Development Center, which is located at Háeyri 1 by the harbor in Sauðárkrókur.  

The collaboration will be in the form of defined projects and will be attended by specialists and postgraduate students. Both the Minister of Fisheries and Industry have decided to strengthen the collaboration with a special financial contribution to the Fisheries Research Institute amounting to 6 in a year. The funds will be used to strengthen IFL's research in Sauðárkrókur. The collaboration and this new agreement will be part of strengthening the operation and development of research and teaching at the Department of Aquaculture and Fish Biology at Hólar University. The new facility creates opportunities for even further development of the co-operation between the parties identified in the furnace. It is in their common interest to share the facility to strengthen their specific activities and thus contribute, among other things, to increased knowledge activities in the countryside. Through the collaboration, the Fisheries Research Institute strengthens its facilities and opportunities for aquaculture and food research and research on the processing of marine products.

Increased knowledge is a key factor in ensuring the development and profitability of the fisheries and aquaculture industry in Iceland. The successful development of this industry is obviously important to the country's settlements. The AVS Research Fund, which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Fisheries, supports it by providing grants for projects that address all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture. The AVS Research Fund's grants are for applied research and are intended for individuals, companies, research, development and university institutions.

Agenda of the meeting:

Address - Einar K. Guðfinnsson, Minister of Fisheries

2. AVS Research Fund - Friðrik Friðriksson

IFL in the North - Sjöfn Sigurgísladóttir IFL

4. Co-operation between FISK hf. at schools and research institutes - Jón Eðvald Friðriksson, managing director

5. Aquaculture and research at Hólaskóli - Helgi Thorarensen, Hólaskóli

Feed and fire - Rannveig Björnsdóttir IFL and the University of Akureyri

7. Protein from seafood and water recycling in aquaculture - Ragnar Jóhannsson, IFL and Hólaskóli

8. Cooperation and development in Sauðárkrókur, Skúli Skúlason - Hólaskóli

Skúli Skúlason will chair the meeting


Faster microbial measurements than before

In business, time is often valuable and especially if you are handling a delicate product with a short shelf life, such as fresh fish. In an interesting project that has been worked on at IFL, in collaboration with Danmarks Fødevarforsikring, work was done to significantly shorten the time that elapses until the results of microbiological measurements of marine products are available.

This is said on website Of the ACP Fund. A new technology called "Real-Time PCR" offers a much shorter response time than previously possible, in addition to the fact that with "RT-PCR" a similar method is being applied to all types of bacteria and therefore there is great potential for automatic generation. diagnostic equipment.

In 2005, the project called Rapid microbial measurements and is Eyjólfur Reynisson its project manager. The project is funded by the AVS, Norfa and Leonardo da Vinci funds, as well as IFL. 

It is worth mentioning that an article by Eyjólf and his colleagues was recently published in the scientific journal Journal of Microbiological Methods.  Read the article

As mentioned earlier, the project was funded by IFL, AVS, Norfa, the Leonardo project, Danish Agri Business, the EU project Food-PCR 2, MedVetNet and the CampyFood project of the Nordic Innovation Fund.


Article from IFL in the latest issue. Ægis

The December issue of the magazine Ægir contains an article about research carried out at IFL on a comparison of the shelf life of farmed cod on the one hand and wild cod on the other. As previously stated, the results have attracted a great deal of attention.

The authors of the article in question in Ægi are two experts at IFL, Soffía Vala Tryggvadóttir and Héléne Liette Lauzon. This study is part of a large research project that began in 2003 and is called Future cod.

Two reports have been published in the project, the first, Future cod: Quality assessment of farmed cod (No. 10-04) was published in October 2004 and the latter, Future cod: shelf life, texture, muscle building and processing of farmed cod (no. 26-05) and the one on which the article in Ægir is based, was published in November 2005. The reports can be viewed by clicking here.

Read an article in Ægi

The Fresh Fish Handbook


Margeir Gissurarson

Strategic Scientist

The fresh fish handbook, which is now published on the web, deals with the introduction to all general fish processing. It does not really matter what the final product will be, it is always required that the raw material is of the best quality. It is an old-fashioned and outdated belief that poor raw materials are suitable for the production of some products. All consumers demand that they be treated with due respect by offering them only the best.

Enormous knowledge has emerged as a result of many research and development projects in recent years, and equipment in fishing vessels has made great strides, and the same is true in most of the country's operations. So everything is there to produce only quality products.

It is clear that knowledge is the basis for producing the most value from the marine resource and it is little more important than doing things right from the start, the fresh fish handbook is part of the effort to increase access to handy information.

The preparation of this handbook was funded by Matís with good support from the Herring Industry Research Fund.

At Matís, you can get a lot of information about most everything related to seafood and all the company's employees are invited and prepared to do better in cooperation with the Icelandic seafood industry.

The manual can be accessed here: The Fresh Fish Book - Diverse and useful information about the production of chilled fish