Marine and Freshwater Research Institute

Skulagata 4, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland

Tel. + 345 575 2000

Contact person:  Hedinn  Valdimarsson (



The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI), established in 1965, is a government institute under the auspices of the Ministry of Fisheries. MRI conducts various marine research and provides the Ministry with scientific advice based on its research on marine resources and the environment. MRI has three min areas of activities:

  • to conduct research on the marine environment around Iceland and its living resources
  • to provide advice to the government on catch levels and conservation measures
  • to inform the government, the fishery sector and the public about the sea and its living resources

The institute has around 130 employees, 2 research vessels, 5 branches around Iceland