Institute of Freshwater Fisheries – Veiðimálastofnun (Veiðimálastofnun)

Updated 2016-05-17

The Institute of Freshwater Fisheries (Veidimalastofnun) is a Governmental institution managing freshwater biota and freshwater fisheries in Iceland. Its principal tasks are research of biota in rivers and lakes, research on freshwater fish stocks supervision and guidance to river and lake fisheries associations concerning sustainable fisheries. Among the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries main tasks is research and consultation concerning impact assessment of projects or structures affecting rivers and lakes, creation and management of data banks on rivers and lakes, their biota and fisheries. Main gaps: Not specified Network type: ‐ Thematic observations ‐ Field stations

Time frame

Project time span
1946 -
Data collection
1946 -
Data processing
1946 -
Data reporting
1946 -

Contact information

Contact person
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Sigurður Guðjónsson, Director General

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Marine fish


Regions studied

Data availability

Data availability and access

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Status of Icelandic freshwater fish stocks: Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.), brown trout (Salmo trutta) and Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus), European eel (Anquilla anquilla) and three‐spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), stock size, exploitation, spatial and temporal changes, catch statistics, fish counters, run timing, juvenile surveys, enhancement of fish stocks etc. Status of freshwater rivers and lakes in Iceland: invertebrate communities, taxa, water temperature, conductivity, chemical analysis etc. When operational: The Institute of Freshwater Fisheries was initially established in 1946 and has been research institutions from 1997.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Veiðimálastofnun ‐ the Institute of Fresh Water Fisheries (Veiðimálastofnun)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Not specified Networks: Arctic and Alpine Stream Ecosystem Research (AASER) (AASER), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) (ICES), European Environment Agency (EEA)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

Not specified

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