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Early-stage researcher (ESR, Ph.D Candidate) position available - 27.3.2015

An ESR position is available at Matís ltd, Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D, in the field of Engineering, Computer Science or Mathematics as part of the European Training Network (ETN) SAF21, starting in June 2015. This is one of 10 ESR positions associated with SAF21. Read more

Successful Nordic Seminar in Brussels - 26.3.2015

In 2015, the Nordic Fisheries and Aquaculture Cooperation, under the chairmanship of the Faroe Islands, is focusing on bio-economy and Blue Growth, with an emphasis on making better use of our valuable marine living resources and developing new products from marine biomass.

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Enormous increase in exports of fresh fillets and fillet portions for the past 20 years. - 26.3.2015

One of the largest and most valuable change in exports in the last 10-20 years is the significant increase by the Icelandic seafood industry in the production of fresh fillets and fillet portions. Since 1997 the export of these products nearly quadrupled in tonnage from being about 9,000 tons to almost 34,000 tons in 2013. And of additional interest is the fact that this is happening to a great extent through shipments by sea rather than air.

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Green Days Lectures: Plastic in the Ocean - 24.3.2015

Ocean pollution is a massive problem, but around 80% of marine litter originates on land and the majority of it is plastic. Seabirds, whales, sea turtles and other marine life are eating marine plastics and are dying from choking, intestinal blockage and starvation.

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POLSHIFT: Poleward shifts in the pelagic complex, an effect of climate change? - 23.3.2015

Matís is a participant in the POLSHIFT conference taking place April 14-15. The conference is supported by the working group for fisheries (AG-FISK), funded in 2009 to implement the strategies established by EK-FJLS (Fisheries and Aquaculture) and the Nordic Council of Ministers, and to perform an advisory function towards EK-FJLS (Fisheries and Aquaculture) and the NCM.

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EcoFishMan

Novel strategy to increase fishery productivity - 12.3.2015

The Ecofishman project

('Ecosystem-based responsive fisheries management in Europe') is based on a quest to make European fisheries more efficient. The project proposes a significant increase of their productivity by switching from an outdated micro-management system to results-based management (RBM).

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Seaweed and kelp - creation of 15 new jobs - 10.3.2015

Stykkishólmur, a small town in Breiðafjörður, the Irish company Marigot Ltd., owner of the Icelandic company Íslenska kalkþörungafélagið in Bíldudalur, and Matís ohf. have signed an agreement with the purpose of increasing cooperation in connection with a new project that is currently under preparation.

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Lífhagkerfi | Bioeconomy

An establishment of a new network within the The Nordic Bioeconomy to Valorize Nordic Waste and Non-food Marine Biomass - 5.3.2015

Nordic biomass (NB), such as ocean biomass is expected to increase by 30% by 2018. Instead of not being exploited and wasted, NB is increasingly becoming a raw material for the production of high value products, something the Nordic countries have the opportunity to take a lead in Europe and the rest of the world.

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Hestar | Icelandic Horses

Registration of more than 400 thousand horses - 5.3.2015

Matís is closely involved with many agriculture breeding projects, helping farmers to improve their stocks; Matís performs the genetic analysis of the Icelandic horse for  the WorldFengur database. WorldFengur is the official FEIF register of the Icelandic horse breed.

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Gullkarfi | Sebastes marinus | Copyright www.fauna.is

Composition and bioactivity of mucus from redfish eyes - 3.3.2015

When Icelandic fishermen accidentally get stung by the sharp bones of redfish/ocean perch, it has been their common practice to cut into the fish's eye and smear the wound with the mucus from the eye. This has sparked an interest in research of chemical composition and bioactivity of mucus (Vitreous humour) from redfish/ocean perch (Sebastes) eyes. Read more