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Microplastic sampling from surface water and the handling of sampling devices was practised at Medal…

International cooperation in microplastic research

An international cooperation in microplastic research was recently launched. The project´s objective is to improve research infrastructure and strengthen cooperation between scientists in the field of environmental microplastic research.
A new study finds that bomb radiocarbon determines absolute age of adult fin whales.

Nuclear bombs determines age of fin whales

A new study, published recently in the research journal Frontiers in Marine Science, reveals that Bomb radiocarbon determines absolute age of adult fin whales, and validates use of earplug growth bands for age determination.
Seminar 6 February: Sentinels of plastic - Monitoring plastic pollution in the sub-Arctic ecosystem …

Seminar 6 February: Sentinels of plastic - Monitoring plastic pollution in the sub-Arctic ecosystem through fin whales off Iceland

The seminar will examine the broad and global implications of plastic pollution on marine fauna, with a specific focus on investigating the occurrence and magnitude of plastic pollution in the Sub-Arctic ecosystem. This examination will centre around a sentinel organism, the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), during its summering period in the waters off western Iceland.
(Underground Channel, Frederik Wolff)

Ancient DNA from a sea-ice microbe tells tales of past climate in the Arctic

"A new research method utilizes ancient DNA preserved in ocean sediments to provide reliable information of sea ice occurrence in the Arctic," says Sara Harðardóttir a researcher at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute and first author on a research article published in the Nature portfolio journal Communications Earth and Environment this week, about the newly developed method.
Survey tracks and distribution of capelin in January 2024 shown as acoustic values. Research vessels…

Capelin fishery advice unchanged

The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI) will not change the previous advice of no capelin fishing this season after last week's measurements. The reason for this is that only low abundance of capelin was observed and there is a strong possibility that capelin is still under the sea ice northwest of Iceland.
Online presentation about killer whales today at 16:30

Online presentation about killer whales today at 16:30

An open online presentation on killer whales takes place today at 16.30. The title of the presentation ise The Vestmannaeyjar Research Centre: research on killer whales and other cetaceans.
Warsha Singh speaks at UNESCO’s International Day of Women in Multilateralism

Warsha Singh speaks at UNESCO’s International Day of Women in Multilateralism

Warsha Singh, an ecologist at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute’s Pelagic division in Iceland, has been selected to participate at the UNESCO International Day of Women in Multilateralism 2024. The forum takes place 25 January at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
Cod has a varied diet and eats capelin in abundance. Ljósmynd/Havforskningsinstituttet

Half a million fish stomachs researched for a period of 27 years

The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute in Iceland has published a new report that reveals a standardized analysis of the diet of 36 demersal fish species inhabiting the seas around Iceland, comprising 15 cartilaginous species and 21 species of bony fish. The results provide information on the dependency of various demersal fish species on certain food groups, and based on their importance, predatory fish can be classified into several groups. Cod, the most abundant demersal fish of the continental shelf, has a varied diet, and eats what is available at any given time, mostly capelin, other fish, and various crustaceans.
Launching Ceremony for MFRI´s new research vessel Thorunn Thordardottir

Launching Ceremony for MFRI´s new research vessel Thorunn Thordardottir

The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute´s (MFRI) new research vessel will be launched to sea today, January 12th, in Vigo, Spain. The vessel will then be given the name Thorunn Thordardottir in a formal launching ceremony. The name honours the first Icelandic woman who dedicated her life to marine research and a great pioneer in phytoplankton research in the ocean surrounding Iceland.
MFRI´s Seminar 15 January: Introduction about the iAtlantic project

MFRI´s Seminar 15 January: Introduction about the iAtlantic project

This seminar will review iAtlantic’s work before considering the results of our ecosystem time series analyses in 12 Case Studies including Iceland.
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