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About the Ministry of Fisheries 
The Icelandic Directorate of Fisheries is a public body responsible to the Ministry of Fisheries. Its task is continuous monitoring of compliance to the laws and regulations covering various aspects of fisheries. These involve day-to-day monitoring of fishing activities, supervision of fishing and matters relating to penalties for illegal catches, and compilation of official records in major areas of fisheries administration. Another role of the Directorate of Fisheries is official supervision of the handling of catches and processing products.

One example of the activities of the Directorate of Fisheries is that all catches landed in Iceland are weighed on scales which are directly on-line to its computer network, to allow data to be recorded on a daily basis.

The Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories
Established in 1934, the Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories has the role of promoting the advancement of Icelandic fishing and fish processing through a variety of research and development projects. The IFL cooperates with the University of Iceland in Reykjavík and Akureyri on research and teaching in food science and fisheries science, and also arranges courses in specialist fields for its clients, which include organizations, processing companies, private individuals, sales and marketing organizations, trawler companies, manufacturers of equipment for the fishing industry, agents, importers and exporters, consultants, designers and inventors.

The Icelandic Marine Research Institute
The Marine Research Institute has been active since 1965, although the history of marine research in Iceland dates back more than half a century.

Its research focuses on marine physics and chemistry, characteristics of the ocean floor, biological conditions and behaviour of marine vegetation, zooplankton and ocean-floor organisms, along with the marine food cycle. The most extensive field of the MRI’s activities, however, is its research and consultative role regarding fishing and utilization of catches, including stock assessment, trials of fishing gear and studies of potentially harvestable species. The MRI also takes part in Nordic and international marine research projects. Examples of its regular activities are the cruises every spring to study plankton, zooplankton and various factors of marine ecology, and every autumn to measure the spawning stocks of main commercial species.

Measurements of biomass of demersal species, nephrops and scallop are conducted at various times of the year, and the results are used to assess the size and conditions of fishable stocks as the basis for total allowable catch (TAC) recommendations. Echo sounding is used to assess the size of stocks of herring, capelin and redfish. In cooperation with various parties and funded by the government, a comprehensive multi-stock management research project is in progress, aimed at studying interactive factors in the marine ecosystem, spanning the whole range of marine life from algae and plankton to large whales.

The institute publishes an extensive report in May each year on the state of the marine stocks and prospects for the coming year.

Ministry of Fisheries
Skulagata 4
150 Reykjavik

Fax: + 354 562 1853
E-mail: [email protected]

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