IFL is advertising for a specialist in a new field

IFL is advertising for a specialist in the field of food risk assessment. Its role must be to participate in research into the effects of fish on health (risk-benefit analysis of food). The job includes building databases and designing a web interface.

The role of the specialist must be to participate in research into the effects of fish on health (risk-benefit analysis of food). The job involves building databases and designing a web interface. The person in question must be able to work independently and manage projects, as well as work in good collaboration with other specialists within IFL and abroad.

Qualification requirements:

  • University education in the field of science (computer science, statistics, chemistry, biology, or food science)
  • Very good computer skills are a prerequisite
  • Knowledge and experience of using statistics in research is an advantage
  • Organizational skills and interpersonal skills
  • Initiative and ambition in work.

The application must be accompanied by a clear overview of the study career, computer skills and previous work.

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 May 28, 2006. Applications with information about education and previous jobs, together with copies of exam documents, are requested to be sent by e-mail ( or to the Fisheries Research Institute, Skúlagata 4, 101 Reykjavík. Information about the job is provided by Helga Gunnlaugsdóttir, tel. 530 8600.


Determine the state of the ecosystem by examining the ears of cod

When researching fish, scientists can use grinders to analyze its age and species. In all bonefish, there are stones made of calcium compounds in their inner ear called grinders. They play a variety of roles, including is the sense of hearing and balance of the fish in the sea, but you can do a lot more by looking at them. This week, the mills of small cod at IFL were being removed, among other things to check the condition of the ecosystem in the sea around Iceland.  

This "ear examination" is part of The AMSUM monitoring project, which IFL has participated in since 1989, but its goal is to monitor changes that may occur in the concentration of trace elements in the marine environment around Iceland during a certain period and between different ocean and coastal areas. IFL's role in the project is to oversee measurements of various inorganic trace elements and chloro-organic substances in sand coal, cod and mussels collected around the country. IFL is also responsible for entering data into the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) database.

This week, employees from the Environment and Quality Department of IFL's Research Division were preparing small cod for research in the processing hall of the Fisheries House by filleting it and removing grinders.

Project manager at IFL: Eva Yngvadóttir


Minister unveils new type of fish tank in Brussels

The company Sæplast ehf in Dalvík has developed a new revolutionary fish tank in collaboration with IFL, FISK Seafood hf and the University of Iceland. The fishery was formally unveiled by the Minister of Fisheries, Einar K. Guðfinnsson, at the fisheries exhibition in Brussels today. This is stated on AVS website of the fund, but he funded precisely this project.

This project started in 2004 and its goal was to find ways to reduce the load on fish in the lower layers of fish tanks and thereby reduce shrinkage and bruising in fish. The first ideas were to try to create and develop some kind of shelving system in the pots, but prospective users soon rejected the idea so they tried to approach the project in another way.

The result was to start from scratch and design a completely new tank that fulfilled the goal of improving the quality of raw materials and at the same time improving the utilization of volume on board ships, storage and transport equipment. Now a new tank has seen the light of day and it is somewhat lower than most fish tanks today, the tank is also lighter, and when stacked, the upper tank closes the lower one without shit from the forklift reaching the lower tank. In addition, the new vessel's capacity utilization of ships and transport equipment is significantly better. 

One advantage is that the new tank is stacked with older tanks so that there is no such system change. It will be exciting to watch and see how this new vessel will be taken and how it turns out, perhaps here is a new and better tool to improve the utilization and quality of raw materials.

IFN's project manager was Sveinn V. Árnason 


Perlan Vestfirðir 2006

This weekend the show will be Perlan Vestfirðir in Perlan and admission is free and everyone is allowed at 11 -17 Saturday and Sunday. More than 100 companies and institutions in the Westfjords take part in the exhibition and its goal is to present all the main things the Westfjords has to offer in the field of tourism, business and human life in general. IFL is among those who present their activities in the Westfjords.

The Westfjords Business Development Association is responsible for the exhibition in collaboration with the Westfjords Marketing Agency and this is the second time the exhibition has been held in Reykjavík, but the first was held in 2003.

IFL conducts various research in the Westfjords, especially in the field of cod farming, in collaboration with companies in the quarter. Special attention is drawn here to the fact that dr. Þorleifur Ágústson, fish physiologist, will give a talk at 14:30 on Sunday.


Saturday 5 May

On stage

11:00  Folk music from Þingeyri: Raivo, Krista and Uku Sildoja from Estonia perform.

12:00  Gísli Súrsson: Elfar Logi Hannesson performs a short version of the solo.

13:00  Jón Kr. Ólafsson and Gunnar Þórðarson's band transfer some songs.

14:00  Dried fish tasting: Well-known individuals taste and judge Westfjords dried fish.

15:00 The palettes from Bolungarvík: The hottest dates in the Westfjords, Soffía Vagnsdóttir, Pálína Vagnsdóttir and Íris Sveinsdóttir perform original music with accompaniment by Zbegniew Jarenko and Haukur Vagnsson.

15:30  Gísli Súrsson: Elfar Logi Hannesson performs a short version of the solo.

16:00  Heiða Ólafur af Ströndur sings a few songs.

In the basement

 12:30  Storytelling, ramshackle and weirdness: Jón Jónsson, ethnologist and from Sauðfjársetur in Strandir.

13:30  Summer University in Hrafnseyri: Dr. Peter Weiss, University Center of the Westfjords

14:30  Foxes on Hornstrandir: Ester Unnsteinsdóttir, biologist, gives a lecture with slides.

15:30  Kukl and merriment: Sigurður Atlason, director of the Magic Exhibition at Strandir.

16:30  Westfjords - A tourist paradise: Dorothee Lubecki, Westfjords Tourism Representative.

Sunday 7 May

On stage

 11:30  Folk music from Þingeyri: Raivo, Krista and Uku Sildoja from Estonia perform.

 12:00  Gísli Súrsson: Elfar Logi Hannesson performs a short version of the solo.

 13:00  Migratory birds:  A band made up of Arnfirðingar plays music by Arnfirðir authors.

 13:30  Jón Sigurður Eyjólfsson, troubadour from Bíldudalur, performs songs with poems by Westfjords poets accompanied by Farfuglanna.

 14:30  The wagon siblings from Bolungarvík together with Zbegniew Jarenko

 16:00  Gísli Súrsson: Elfar Logi Hannesson performs a short version of the solo.

In the basement

12:30  Ghosts and trolls and all creatures: Jón Jónsson, ethnologist, from Þjóðtrúarstofa á Ströndur.

13:30  Travel possibilities in the Westfjords: Guðmundur Eyþórsson from Vesturferðir presents.

14:30 Research on cod farming: Dr. Þorleifur Ágústsson from the Fisheries Laboratory.

15:30  Vikings in the Westfjords: Dorothee Lubecki, tourism representative of the Westfjords, presents Gísli saga project.


Report on the progress of the Nordic project on fishery safety

In 2004, it was decided to set up an information and communication network on the safety of seafood in the Nordic countries, with the aim of increasing the coherence of Nordic data on the chemical content of seafood. The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NSK and NEF) and IFL, which also leads the project. This week, a progress report on the project was published.

The report describes the results of the second workshop in the project, which was held in Copenhagen on 21 April 2006, and which has developed a joint Nordic website ( which collects various links containing information on the chemical content of marine products, both undesirable substances and nutrients. Iceland has been responsible for developing the website and maintaining it, but each country is responsible for its information and for updating it. Read the report

The main topics of discussion at the meeting in Copenhagen were:

  • How the website had been presented in each country and what the reaction had been.
  • How to refine the website, for example, make it simpler and clearer.
  • How best to promote your website to the outside world.
  • How to keep the website alive after the project ends.
  • Define where knowledge is lacking in research results.

Participants in the project are experts from Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the Faroe Islands and Iceland.


IFL is advertising for project managers in aquaculture in Akureyri and Ísafjörður

IFL is advertising for two project managers to work in IFL's aquaculture department. One job is in Akureyri and the other in Ísafjörður. This is not the same job, as the emphasis is on the activities of IFL's aquaculture department in the aforementioned places.

IFL in Akureyri is working on projects related to feed and fish nutrition and the advertised job of project manager there will mainly involve overseeing the operation of projects, collaboration with companies, institutions, universities and individuals on projects.        

Further description of work in Akureyri

In Ísafjörður, IFL is building up strong activities in the field of aquaculture, especially cod farming, and there, among other things, work is being done on projects related to light control, physiology and the behavior of cod in aquaculture.          

Further description of work in Ísafjörður  

The application deadline for both positions is May 20, 2006. 

Rannveig Björnsdóttir, Head of the Aquaculture Department of the IFL Research Division, provides further information about the job:   895 2176


Freeze-drying of seafood is promising

A report has been published on IFL entitled Freeze-drying of seafood: an exploration of possibilities, where the results of a development project carried out last year at IFL are published. The aim was to investigate the possibility of production and sale of lyophilized products from Icelandic seafood.

In June 2005, a new lyophilizer was installed, Genesis 25 SQ EL, at IFL, but it was bought, among other things, to explore the possibility of producing high-quality seafood products for use in all kinds of special diets, supplements and target foods.

Freeze-drying is a process in which water is removed from a frozen product by evaporation and underpressure. This method is superior to other drying methods in that it better preserves the taste, color, bioactivity and other properties of delicate products. Freeze-drying has mainly been used to preserve delicate products such as various berries, but the most well-known freeze-dried product is instant coffee.

Freeze-drying of delicate products such as fish proteins better preserves their properties. This is especially important in research and production of bioactive peptides, but research in this field is precisely one of IFL's focus areas. 

It was The AVS Fund who supported the project, but the authors of the report are Guðjón Gunnarsson, Irek Klonowski and Guðjón Þorkelsson. Project manager was Guðjón Þorkelsson, head of IFL's Processing and Development department (tel: 8604748)

The report Freeze-drying of seafood: an exploration of possibilities


Long-awaited one: Two reports on IFL

IFL recently published two reports, which publish the results of experiments carried out at IFL 12-15 years ago, but have not been published before. The reason why they are being excavated now is that the results of these experiments are now being used in projects that are currently being worked on at IFL.

IFL has been conducting research on seafood for decades, and a great deal of knowledge has been accumulated in this field at the institute. More often than not, these studies are directly useful, i.e. practical research, but sometimes knowledge is created that is not useful until even a long time later.

As stated earlier, the experiments behind the aforementioned reports were carried out about 12-15 years ago, but their results have not been published before. Both reports are in English and the former is called Microbiological changes during storage of lumpfish caviar (IFL report 02-06) and the latter Microbiological changes during storage of salted cod fillets (IFL report 04-06).

The aforementioned report presents results in which the effects of sterilization, salinity, storage temperature and benzoate on the growth of various microbial groups in grayling roe caviar were examined. The latter report, however, presents the results of experiments in which salted cod fillets with a salinity of about 20% were stored at 5 ° C for 330 days and changes in microbial numbers and chemical indicators were monitored during the storage period.

The results are related to both product development projects on the utilization of capelin roe and several projects on the processing and processing of salted fish.


Fiskiþing held on Friday 7 April

65. Fiskiþing will be held at Radisson Hotel Saga in Reykjavík on Friday, April 7, 2006. It starts at 13:30 and therefore will end at 17. Fiskiþing is an open seminar on issues concerning the fishing industry. The theme of the session is "Fisheries and the environment„. One lecturer will be from IFL, Emilía Martinsdóttir, Head of the Consumer Department and the Security Department at IFL's Research Division.


The Board of SEAFOODplus met in Reykjavík

Today ended the two-day meeting of the board of SEAFOODplus - the giant project, which was held at Sjávarútvegshúsið. As is well known, IFL participates in SEAFOODplus and Sjöfn Sigurgísladóttir, CEO of IFL, sits on the project board.

Sjöfn was the host of the board this time and she says that it was a traditional meeting of the board, but the board of SEAFOODplus meets three times a year to discuss the progress of the project.

Seafoodplus is in fact a synonym for a number of different projects that have the main goal of increasing the consumption of seafood, researching the effects of seafood on people's health and well-being, promoting increased safety of seafood and further processing of seafood.