The Icelandic Seal Cetner recently was given a grant for the amount of 2.1 million IKR from the Menningarráð norðurlands vestra. The grant is suposed to be used for strengthening the Seal Center’s exhibition as well as operations. To date this year we have amongst other things opened up a new section at the exhibition on the Seal Sensory systems, uptdated information boards in the exhibition, as well as general maintenance of the facilities. These updates are neccersary since the Seal Center gets more visitors each year. We are also working on our environmental policy as well as many other smaller projects.
The Seal Center thanks Menningarráð for their support.
The 2014 Annual meeting for shareholders was held in Dæli in Víðidalur on may 15th 2014.
Skúli Þórðarson managed the meeting.
Following board members were elected:
Ársæll Daníelsson, Guðmundur Jóhannesson, Jóhannes Erlendsson, Kristín Jósefsdóttir og Katharina Ruppel. Alternates ar u Róbert Jack og Sigrún B. Valdimarsdóttir.
May 12th-15th the 10th Ecology and Behaviour conference was held in Montpellier France.
Sandra Granquist head of biology research department at the Seal Center gave a talk at the conference. The talk was called: Seal watching in Iceland; who is watching whom.
More information on the conference can be found here
In 2009 and 2010 the frequency of injuries on salomonoids in 5 important salomon angling rivers in NW Iceland was recorded. The results are presented in this report written by Sandra Granquist.
Press here to read the report (in Icelandic – English abstract)
The Seal Center is now an authorised tour operator with the Icelandic Tourist Board. We are very proud of that and are now able to promote and sell services of the serivice providers in the area.
A short film is beind recorded at the Seal Center today. The film is called Sealskin and is inspired by the Icelandic folktale ‘Sealskin’. The filmmaker Shilpa Munikempanna studied at the London Film Academy. Her films centre around narratives of personal journeys usually of people caught in a situation and learning to cope as best as they can like in the films ‘Kaveri’ or ‘Sleep’ which she wrote and directed. ‘Kaveri, her debut short film has screened at various International festivals. She is currently artist resident at Nes Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland.
Sandra Granquist head of the biological reasearch department at the Seal Center is currently presenting her research findings on the affect of tourists on the seals at Vatnsnes peninsula at the Oikos 2014 in Stockholm Sweden. At the Oikos 2014 ecologist from all the five Nordic countries meet and share their knowledge.
More information on the Oikos 2014 can be found here.
The Icelandic Seal Center has taken on the role of project manager in the project Birding Trail in the North West. The goal of the project is to build the foundation for the making of a birding trail in the North West part of Iceland, identifying interesting birdwatching spots in the region and making them accessible for bird lovers.
The project is cooperation between stakeholders in the tourism industry in the region, The Icelandic Seal Center, The Tourism Department Of the University at Holar as well as Náttúrustofa Norðurland vestra.
The project formally started at the end of 2013 and first phase will be completed at the end of 2014.
The project is funded by Vaxtarsamningur Norðurland Vestra.
With funding from Menningarráðs Norðurlands vestra, Selasetur Íslands and Grunnskóli Húnaþings vestra have commenced an exciting new educational and culturally focused project. The primary outcome of this project will be a puppet show, written, designed and produced by the year 3 and 4 school students.
Project manager on behalf of the Seal Center is Dr. Leah Burns
Sandra Granquist seal specialist at the Icelandic Seal Center will present our latest research findings on the impact of tourists on seals at the Oikos Conference. The Conference is to be held at the Swedish Natural Museum, February 3rd-5th 2014.
Further information on the conference can be found here.