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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 m.kr. 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

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