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The Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories (IFL)

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The Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories (IFL) is a governmental research institution. IFL's function is to engage in research, conduct tests, provide consultancy and disseminate information to the government, interested parties in the fisheries sector and consumers. IFL's specialised fields include processing technology, biotechnology, chemical and physical properties of food, quality and safety of aquatic and marine catches, feed and feed technology for aquaculture and environmental research. IFL's goal is to increase the value of marine catches through research, development, dissemination of knowledge and consultancy. By working closely with the industries and universities/institutions in Iceland and abroad, IFL promotes the acquisition of knowledge and its interactive transfer between researchers and the industry. IFL has four research departments. Department of Environment and Quality works on increasing the quality and safety by looking into the interaction between environmental factors and fish products. Department of Consumers and Safety works on shelf life with respect to eating quality and microbial spoilage. It also works on pathogenic microbes as well as process microbiology to control undesirable microbes and the use of molecular methods to trace the origin of microbes. Department of Processing and Development works on new and traditional products, emphasising biotechnology, improved yield and added value of products in close collaboration with the fisheries sector. Department of Aquaculture works on fish feed, mainly in attempt to lower the feed cost by substituting fish protein and fish oil by ingredients from the plant origin.  It also works on the harvest quality in regard to different feeds and feeding techniques and in genetics studies.