IFL's annual report for the year 2005 has been published

IFL's Annual Report 2005, in which the main points of IFL's activities in 2005 are listed, has now been published and is available here on the web as a pdf file. The document is almost 6MB in size, as the report is quite large in interest, almost 50 pages.

As many know, this spring the Althingi passed a law authorizing the government to establish a limited company, called Matvælarannsóknir hf., For the operation of the Fisheries Research Institute, Matvælarannsóknir Keldnaholt, cf. a co-operation agreement between the Institute of Technology and the Agricultural University, and the laboratory of the Environment Institute. Matvælarannsóknir hf. Is expected to start operations on January 1, 2007. IFL's Annual Report 2005 is therefore the last actual annual report that IFL publishes under that name.

Among other things, it is stated in the 2005 Annual Report that IFL's turnover did not decrease between 2004-5, despite much lower special income from service measurements, but as is well known, the decision was made a few years ago that IFL would withdraw for the most part. out of competitive operations, especially in the field of service measurement. This meant, among other things, that three IFL service branches were closed, in Ísafjörður, Akureyri and the Westman Islands. IFL's activities in these places continue, however, with a change of emphasis, with an emphasis on research and innovation.

One of the main reasons why IFL has kept afloat, despite this contraction in service measurements, is that IFL's research revenues have risen sharply, both domestically and abroad. This has happened despite the fact that the Research Fund, formerly known as the Technology Fund, is not as willing to support a practical research project as its predecessor did before. The ACP Research Fund and the Technology Development Fund have also had a generally positive impact on research activities and innovation in the fisheries sector. 

Read the report(pdf file 6MB)


IFL assists in the development of Sri Lanka

Recently, two IFL staff went to Sri Lanka under the auspices of the International Development Agency (ICEIDA), the United Nations University School of Fisheries (UNU-FTP) and the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) in Sri Lanka. The purpose was to make an assessment of the quality of fishing ports in Sri Lanka and help to improve those issues in connection with the development after the great natural disasters, e.g. December 26, 2004

Sveinn V. Árnason and Birna Guðbjörnsdóttir, specialists in the IFL Research Division, went to Sri Lanka in mid-May and stayed there for two weeks. They are not completely unfamiliar with this kind of work, as they were among the four IFL employees who went to Viet twice a few years ago to assist universities in that country in preparing quality material in the field of quality in the fishing industry.

Sri Lanka: the hearth washed in Beruwella

As is well known, there was a lot of damage to Sri Lanka in the natural disasters in 2004, both human and property damage. About half of the country's fishing vessels were destroyed, ports were damaged and hundreds of thousands of people who had been employed in fishing and processing lost their lives. It was therefore a lot at stake for the locals to get things back on track and preferably better, as soon as possible.

According to Sveinn and Birna, their involvement in the project consists mainly of the preparation of study material for harbor masters and parties in the management system who are involved in harbor matters. The course deals with the state of quality in fishing ports in Sri Lanka and ways to improve the quality of the catch that passes through the ports. They visited fishing ports in Sri Lannka, including Beruwala south of the capital Colombo, where the accompanying photos were taken.

Sri Lanka: From the port of Beruwella

The main problems are the lack of clean water, both for use in port areas and for ice production. There are also various deficiencies regarding hygiene and all handling of the fish, the ice and in fact the entire area that the fish pass through within the harbors. In addition to Birna and Sveinn, Ranjith Edirisinghe, Director,

Post Harvest Division, NARA, Mr. Marcus Mallikage, Ministry of Fisheries and Ms. Induni Kariyawasam (Research Officer), NARA and Marcus studied in Iceland at UNU-FTP in 2001.

Ranjith and Marcus are currently in Iceland and an interview with them in Morgunblaðið today states that about 40% of the catch is wasted after it is caught and therefore it is urgent to improve aspects such as handling and storage.

Visit from Sri Lanka

Pictured here are: Ranjith Edirisinghe, Birna, Sveinn and Marcus Mallikage.


IFL consumer survey: lucky winners drawn

A survey of young people's attitudes towards fish consumption began on 1 June and ended yesterday, 3 July. The survey, which is part of an extensive project that is being worked on at IFL, reached young people aged 18-45 and a participation offer was sent to a random sample of 3,500 people from the National Register at this age and the person in question was invited to participate in an opinion poll on fish consumption. There was good participation in the survey, as there are great prizes on offer for lucky participants.

The project in question is called Attitudes and fish consumption of young people: Improving the image of seafood and began in 2005 and is expected to be completed in 2008. The aim of the project, which The AVS Fund grants, is to promote increased consumption of fish through consumption surveys and promotional efforts.

Icelanders have long been among the largest fish-consuming nations in the world and this is often linked to the longevity and good health of the nation in general, but now there are various glimmers in the air in that respect, as fish consumption has fallen sharply in a few years or at least 30%.

The research is a collaborative project of IFL, the Social Sciences Institute of the University of Iceland, the Laboratory of Nutrition at the University of Iceland and Landspítali University Hospital, the company Icelandic Services, and students at Reykjavík University also participate in the project.

Today, the names of the winners in the survey were drawn and the result was as follows:

WINNINGS: Winner's code:
 Icelandair Trip for two to Berlin with Flugleidir RCYCQ
 Glitnir 2 x ISK 15,000 from GlitnirHHSODLRFWL
 Sjávarkjallarinn Out to eat for 2 at Sjávarkjallarinn KCPUB
The National Theater3 x2 theater tickets at the National TheaterDRSCCQCWCDFFUFB
School bridgeOut to eat for 2 at SkólabrúJYFHM
Argentina Out to dinner for 2 in Argentina YKGRJ
La PrimaveraOut for lunch for 2 at La PrimaveraQYHGJ

For further information, contact Gunnþórunn Einarsdóttir, tel. +354 530 8667 /


New IFL employee in Ísafjörður: Jón Gunnar Schram

At the turn of the month, a new employee, Jón Gunnar Schram, started working at IFL. Jón will work in Ísafjörður and take part in the development of IFL's operations that is currently taking place there, especially in the field of aquaculture.

Jón is an educated teacher from the Iceland University of Education and has worked as a teacher for about a decade, both at primary and secondary school level. Jón has taught both abroad, at Kirkjubæjarklaustur and in Reykjavík, most recently at Hamraskóli.

Jón graduated with an MS in Fisheries from the University of Iceland in 2002. He is a familiar face to many who are interested in fisheries and aquaculture in Iceland, as he has been active in attending conferences in this field in recent years. IFL welcomes Jón to work. 


Annual monitoring project: Good state of marine life in Iceland

The results of a new report from the annual monitoring project, which monitors pollution and the state of the marine environment around Iceland, show little change from previous years, for example there is little evidence that the concentration of heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants is growing in the sea around the country. This can be read from the report Monitoring of the Marine Biosphere around Iceland in 2004-2005 which came out on IFL today.

The report presents the results of an annual monitoring project led by the Environment Agency and funded by the Ministry for the Environment. The aim of the project is to fulfill Iceland's obligations regarding the Oslo and Paris Agreements (OSPAR), as well as AMAP (Artic Monitoring Assessment Program). The monitoring measures various inorganic trace elements and chloro-organic substances in cod and mussels, but these organisms were collected around the country in 2004 and 2005. The results of the measurements described in these reports are a continuation of monitoring measurements that began in 1990.

As before, the concentration of heavy metals in cod and mussels in Iceland is usually measured at or below the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) reference values, with a few exceptions. Thus, for example, cadmium is still relatively high in the marine environment in Iceland, which seems to have a natural geological explanation, as there is no evidence of man-made cadmium pollution.

A comparison with other sea areas shows that the concentration of persistent organic pollutants in the marine environment around Iceland is among the lowest measured in nearby sea areas.

Read the report

Further information is provided by Eva Yngvadóttir, chemical engineer at IFL.

Email: phone: 530 8600.


A well-known scientist joins IFL

As was reported in a news item on IFL's website recently in connection with an aquaculture conference in Ísafjörður, Dr. Björn Þrándur Björnsson, professor at the University of Gothenburg, has been hired part-time at IFL. Björn Þrándur is one of Europe's leading experts in the field of fish physiology and will take part in IFL's policy in this field.

Björn Þrándur graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Iceland in 1974 and a Ph.D. degree in animal physiology from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden in 1985. He conducted research and teaching at the Institute of Physiology at the University of Iceland in the years 1974-78 and research at the University of California at Berkeley in the years 1985-87. Björn has been an associate professor at the University of Gothenburg since 1988.


The number of doctoral staff at IFL is increasing

Last week, the number of IFL employees who have completed a doctoral degree increased, but then Sigrún Guðmundsdóttir, a biologist at IFL, defended her doctoral dissertation "Listeria monocytogenes, from humans, food and food processing plants in Iceland – Molecular typing, adhesion and virulence testing. ”

The doctoral defense took place on 16 June in the Celebration Hall of the University of Iceland. Opponents were dr. Bjarnheiður Guðmundsdóttir from the University of Iceland and dr. Marie-Louise Danielsson-Tham, Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU.

Sigrún's dissertation deals with research on the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes in human beings, food and food processing in Iceland. Audits were carried out on processing houses that produce smoked salmon and boiled shrimp and the bacteria were isolated. L. monocytogenes The isolated strains were typed by a molecular method called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and compared. Everyone L. monocytogenes strains isolated from humans in the years 1978-2000 were also typed and compared with strains isolated from food processing plants. In addition, the adhesion and infectivity of selected strains were examined.

The research took place at IFL. Sigrún's supervisors were Már Kristjánsson, an infectious disease doctor, and Dr. Karl G. Kristinsson Professor at the University of Iceland. The doctoral committee included Dr. Ágústa Guðmundsdóttir Professor at the University of Iceland, Dr. Dr. Haraldur Briem, Dr. Hjörleifur Einarsson professor at the University of Akureyri and Dr. Sjöfn Sigurgísladóttir, director of the Fisheries Research Institute.

Sigrún Guðmundsdóttir was born in 1966. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from MR in 1986, a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Iceland in 1991 and an MS degree from Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1992. She has worked as a specialist at IFL since 1995 and began her doctoral studies. his work there in the year 2000.


IFL establishes a company in the field of genetic analysis and enzyme technology

This morning, IFL and Arkea hf, the parent company of the biotechnology company Prokaria, issued a joint press release stating that they had signed an agreement that a special company owned by IFL will take over Prokaria's genetic and enzyme division.

The new company, which bears the name Prokaria, will take over Prokaria's current projects, facilities and equipment and hire employees from these divisions. Dr. Jakob K. Kristjánsson, who has been the CEO of Prokaria, will take part in these changes and take a seat on the board of the new company.

In recent years, Prokaria has built up strong research and utilization of nature's genetic resources in the field of genetic analysis and enzyme development. The company has development agreements with large international companies in the food industry such as Nestlé and Roquette. The company also serves a large number of domestic and foreign customers in the genetic analysis of fish, animals and the environment. Prokaria has been a pioneer in Iceland in the development and use of genetic analysis in aquaculture and other fields.

Arkea hf. will continue to operate in its other subsidiaries on projects in the field of DNA enzymes and protein production from geothermal power plant emissions. The aim is to continue good co-operation on these and other projects between these parties.

IFL's operations have developed a lot in recent years and further changes in the operations are ahead. A law was recently passed in Althingi on the establishment of Matvælarannsóknir hf, and IFL will be a large part of the new company's operations. Matvælarannsóknir hf merges IFL, Matra, which is a collaborative project between the Institute of Technology and the Agricultural University, and the Environment Agency's Laboratory. The merger creates opportunities to build a strong research unit in the field of innovation in the food industry, which will also focus on ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food through research in that field. The inclusion of Prokaria's genetic and enzyme development divisions in this process provides even further opportunities for development and expansion for Matvælarannsóknir hf.

Further information is provided by Sjöfn Sigurgísladóttir

Phone 893 8251


Cod research is in full swing

In Ísafjörður, there is a great boom in research related to cod farming and it has been decided to hold a meeting on new and extensive projects that have received funding recently. The Minister of Fisheries, Einar K. Guðfinnsson, will chair the meeting, which will begin on Wednesday 21 June. at 9:30

In Ísafjörður, the emphasis in aquaculture is on the physiology of cod and then first and foremost on sex cod and the effect of light control on the growth, sexual maturity and quality of farmed cod. The focus is also on genetic factors that can be linked to physiological factors such as product growth and quality.

Four new research projects related to the development of industrialized cod farming in experimental fish farms in Ísafjarðardjúpur have recently received funding from domestic and foreign funds.

The projects will, among other things, study the effects of light control and the main goal of these studies is to delay or prevent premature puberty, which is a major problem with cod farming. The total turnover of these projects, including the contribution of participants in the projects, is just over ISK 300 million and the turnover (scope) for the west is a total of ISK 103 million. Grants from research funds for the projects amount to a total of ISK 155 million, of which ISK 50 million goes directly to the operation of the projects in Ísafjörður. In the cod fishery in Westfjords, there is a big difference in funding from the European Union, which is a total of 93 The share of the Icelandic participants in the grant is significant, or about 34 Two cod farming producers with fish farms in Álftafjörður are taking part in this project, i.e. Hraðfrystihúsið Gunnvör hf and Álfsfell ehf.

Sampling from the dockBlood samples taken from cod
Worked on sampling from fish farms in ÁlftafjörðurDr. Þorleifur Ágústsson takes blood samples from live farmed cod

Due to this extensive development of cod farming research, Jón Gunnar Schram, MS in fisheries science, has been hired to work at the Fisheries Research Institute in Ísafjörður. Jón Gunnar will start work on July 1, but in addition to him, Dr. Þorleifur Ágústsson at IFL's aquaculture department in Ísafjörður.

Rannveig Björnsdóttir, head of the aquaculture department at IFL and lecturer at the University of Akureyri, is, together with Þorleif, an instructor in a research-related master's program that deals with cod farming research in Ísafjarðardjúpur. The role of the student is the development of methods and measurements of the effect of light control on the growth of cod in collaboration with Dr. Björn Þránd Björnsson Professor at the University of Gothenburg. Björn Þrándur, is one of Europe's leading experts in the field of fish physiology and has also been hired part-time at IFL, and he will take part in IFL's policy in this field.

See the agenda of the meeting


Master project on improved results in halibut farming completed

On Friday, June 9, 2006, Hildigunnur Rut Jónsdóttir defended her research project for a master's degree in aquaculture from the Department of Natural Resources at the University of Akureyri. Rutar's project was entitled "Use of bacterial bacteria to control microbial flora before and after hatching of halibut larvae"

The project was carried out in collaboration between Fiskey ehf., IFL and the University of Akureyri and Ruth investigated the possibility of using additive bacteria for use in the early stages of halibut farming. The production of halibut juveniles is a delicate process and there are usually large losses in the early stages of farming. This often happens without obvious explanations, but research suggests that the composition of the bacterial flora can have a decisive effect on the performance of halibut larvae in initial feeding.

The results of the study indicate that the performance of eggs and larvae is better when the diversity of bacterial flora is greater. The results also indicate that the mixture of supplementary bacteria used has a positive effect on the proportion of so-called gapers, which is a malformation that occurs at the stage of the larval stage of larvae. Treatment of halibut larvae (artemia) with additive bacteria appeared to have a positive effect on the quality of fodder animals by increasing the diversity of the bacterial flora's species composition. The results of experiments with different concentrations of disinfectants in the treatment of halibut larvae indicated that a lower concentration of disinfectant would give even better results in terms of larval performance.

Rutur's supervisor was Rannveig Björnsdóttir, head of the aquaculture department at IFL and lecturer at the University of Akureyri.

The opponent was Dr. Gunnsteinn Haraldsson, director of research-related studies at the University of Iceland School of Medicine.