HAV is a research institute funded by the Faroese government. Its responsibilities are to give advice on fisheries and carry out basic as well as applied research on both the biotic and the abiotic components of the marine ecosystems in the waters around the Faroe Islands. It has a staff of about 40 persons. With its research vessel Magnus Heinason, HAV carries out regular observations of water mass characteristics and currents in the waters surrounding the Faroe Islands. Since 1987, the observational program has included cruises three to four times a year with CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth) measurements along four standard sections. Since the mid 1990s, HAV has maintained an array of up to 9 ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) moorings between Iceland and Scotland as part of international and EU funded projects. HAV also carries out regular research cruises studying the pelagic fish stocks of the Northeast Atlantic – Norwegian Sea and their couplings to the marine ecosystem. HAV is a partner in the EU FP7 NACLIM project with responsibility for maintaining most of the moorings and research cruises in the Iceland-Scotland region that monitor inflow of Atlantic water towards the Arctic and the Faroe Bank Channel overflow. As a research institute, HAV will contribute to AtlantOS as part of an Atlantic Ocean Observing System that maintains Transport Mooring Arrays (TMA) and participates in the technological development of the TMAs.
Nóatún 1, FO-110 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands