Monitoring of the marine biosphere around Iceland in 2005 - 2006




Sasan Rabieh, Ernst Schmeisser, Eva Yngvadóttir, Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir, Þuríður Ragnarsdóttir, Helga Gunnlaugsdóttir

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Ministry for the Environment

Monitoring of the marine biosphere around Iceland in 2005 - 2006

This report presents the results of the Ministry of the Environment's annual monitoring project for the years 2005 and 2006. The aim of this monitoring is to fulfill Iceland's obligations under the Oslo and Paris Agreement (OSPAR), as well as the AMAP (Artic Monitoring Assessment Program). The data has been sent to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) database. The Marine Research Institute collects samples and the Fisheries Research Institute supervised the preparation of samples and measurements of trace elements in the marine environment. The samples were measured at IFL and at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Various inorganic trace elements and chloro-organic substances in cod were caught in the annual spring survey of the Marine Research Institute in March 2006 and in mussels collected at 11 locations around the country in August / September 2005. Monitoring in the marine environment around Iceland began in 1989.

This report contains results of the annual monitoring of the biosphere around Iceland in 2005 and 2006. The project, overseen by the Environmental and Food Agency of Iceland, is to fulfill the OSPAR (Oslo and Paris agreement) and AMAP (Arctic Monitoring Assessment Program) agreements. The data has been submitted to the ICES databank (, collection of data began 1989. The Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories (IFL) (now Matís) is the coordinator for marine biota monitoring and is responsible for methods relating to sampling, preparation and analysis of samples. The samples were analyzed at IFL / Matís and at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Iceland. Trace metals and organochlorines were analyzed in cod (Gadus morhua) caught in March 2006 and in blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) collected in August / Sept 2005. Marine monitoring began in Iceland 1989.

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