The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) conducts research on the seafood you eat. The institute studies fish nutrition and the effects of fish and seafood consumption on our health. The institute is affiliated to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and advise the authorities, business and industry, and the government administration to support them in their work on ensuring safe and healthy seafood. In addition to its research, NIFES carries out monitoring tasks for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. NIFES has four state-of-the-art laboratories and is the National Reference Laboratory for several analysis methods and for parasites in seafood.
The institute is a neutral, reliable and competent knowledge supplier tasked with publishing the results of its research nationally and internationally.
NIFES holds courses in human nutrition and fish nutrition for the University of Bergen. The institute is engaged in extensive research dissemination through scholarly and popular science publications, lectures and reports. NIFES also has editorial responsibility for the international journal Aquaculture Nutrition.
NIFES’s history goes back to 1947, when the Vitamin laboratory (Avdeling for vitaminundersøkelser) was established under the Directorate of Fisheries’ Chemical technical research institute (Kjemisk-Tekniske Forskningsinstitutt). In 2003, the institute became an independent research institute and was no longer affiliated to the Directorate of Fisheries. At the same time, the institute changed its name to the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research. NIFES currently has 138 employees in total in its various departments located at Nordnes in Bergen.