Branches

The headquarters of the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute are located in Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. The institute has branches in nine other communities around the country, as well as two research vessels.

Akureyri

The Akureyri branch was established in 1990. Its main task involves sampling from landed fish catches in northern Iceland. Employees are involved in various research projects and expeditions.

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Grindavík

In 1988 a mariculture laboratory was built 7 km west of Grindavík. 

The greatest emphasis has been put on studying the farming potential of the four following species, halibut, cod, turbot, and abalone. 

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Hvammstangi

The branch in Hvammstangi is in collaboration with The Icelandic Seal Center and was established in 2009. One of the main research projects is to monitor the status of the Icelandic seal populations. 

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Hvanneyri

The Hvanneyri branch is a part of MFRI Freshwater Division. It was established in 1978 as a branch of the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries. Originally located in the town of Borgarnes, it moved to Hvanneyri in 2004 and is located on the premises of the Agricultural University of Iceland.

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Ísafjörður

MFRI has operated a branch in Ísafjörður since 1976. Its main task includes data sampling form landed catches, sampling and analysis of stomach content of cod, haddock and saithe, fishing gear research, and supervision and maintenance of fishing gear used for stock assessment. The branch is responsible for all use and supervision of the institute's underwater cameras. 

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Ólafsvík

MFRI branch in Ólafsvík is located in the harbour in the centre of the town. Employees are involved in various research projects of the MFRI, but special emphasis is placed on the Breiðafjörður ecosystem.

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Reykjavík

Our headquarters are located at Skúlagata 4 in central Reykjavík, Iceland's capital. Approximately 2/3 of the institute's employees are based there. At Skúlagata there are specialised laboratories, information centre, library, and an auditorium.

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Selfoss

The branch in Selfoss has been operated since 1986 and is a part of MFRI Freshwater Division. Main projects are related to ecosystem research in rivers and lakes in Southern Iceland. A substantial part of research conducted by employees of the branch is connected to assessing the impact of various construction projects (e.g. hydropower plants) on freshwater ecosystems.

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Skagaströnd

The branch in Skagaströnd is in collaboration with BioPol, a community owned biotechnology centre. The main area of research is lumpfish which involves data collection from the fishery and research projects investigating various aspects of the biology of this species.

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Vestmannaeyjar

Data sampling from fish catches is an important part of the work conducted at the Vestmannaeyjar branch, which has been in operation since 1986. Employees participate in various MFRI research projects.

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