Research done by RORUM researchers in 2008-2012 shown to be extremely important in the light of growing salmon industry.

25. ágúst 2021 eftir Þorleifur Ágústsson

The research presented in this report has been shown to be extremely important as basic information on natural biodiversity in a Icelandic fjord system. This ever so much today as aquaculture in the fjordsystem, Isafjardardjup, is now growing with new salmon farming.

The main object of the project was to define the natural biodiversity of Ísafjardardjúp, pollution limits, and potential impact of eutrophication. This was done by studying benthic populations at specific locations and define indicator species which can be used in Iceland to estimate accumulation of organic matter which stem from man‐doings, like aquaculture. Knowledge about the benthic live in shallow waters around Iceland is little, both regarding natural circumstances and when there is pressure from man‐doings. Knowledge is also poor about how benthic communities respond to pollution from aquaculture. This study shows the relations between research stations with regards to kinship between found indicative species.

The report is in Icelandic.

 Here is the report.

Authors of the project were Dr. Thorleifur Agustsson and Dr. Thorleifur Eiriksson at RORUM.