Newsletter // Issue 10 // December 2013 // 

Season's greetings  

The Star-Oddi team wishes you a happy holiday and a prosperous new year!



First prize for the most innovative idea: Fish selector

Star-Oddi won first prize for the most innovative idea at the Icelandic Fisheries Conference which was held in November. The awarded idea is the Fish Selector which is an equipment that automatically separates the fish while still in the trawl. This means that discarding of fish by fishing companies could be a thing of the past.
The Fish Selector is programmed to select fish by specific size and specie. Those fish that are not meant to be fished are sorted out and swim away through a bypass gate. Collected information on quantity of caught fish and bypassed fish can be viewed wirelessly by the crew.

The use of the Fish Selector increases the value of the catch, minimizes bycatch and helps the skipper to select an appropriate fishing area.  

The use of the Fish selector can also greatly increase the sustainability of the sea's resources as the fish that is deemed too small to be fished is released at a depth where it can grow and reach a fishable size.

The Icelandic Fisheries Conference is biggest conference of its kind in Iceland. The goal of the award is to encourage creative thinking and innovation in the fisheries sector.

For more information about the Fish selector, please click here.


Holiday opening hours at Star-Oddi

Our offices will be open until noon on December 24th and December 31st. We'll be closed on December 25th and 26th and on January 1st. 

Star-Oddi Online

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Two decades of scientific innovation

In 2013 Star-Oddi celebrated 20 years of practice in the life science field. The company came out with the first version of a Data Storage Tag (DST), DST100, in 1993. This tiny temperature and depth logger was developed in co-operation with the Icelandic Marine Research Institute (MRI) and Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen, Norway. During these two decades the DSTs and other hi-tech equipment have been developed for various industries. It's been an exciting time serving researchers around the world. 

The most memorable events and news in the history of Star-Oddi:

1993 - First version of temperature-depth Data Storage Tag (DST100) enters the market.

1995 - New version DST200 is introduced, measuring salinity in addition to temperature and depth, replacing DST100.

1997 - DST300 is added to the product line, smaller sized DST with the option of measuring tilt angle in addition to temperature and depth.

2001 - Major breakthrough in the DST development; wireless communication enabling easy reuse of DST as long as the battery lasts.

2001 - Star-Oddi releases Starmon mini temperature recorder which is a robust and accurate oceanographic data logger developed for demanding conditions and is mainly used on moorings.

2003 - Star-Oddi releases DST CTD, the smallest conductivity, temperature and depth logger on the market, and Underwater Tagging Equipment (UTE). The UTE tags deepwater species that do not survive being brought to the surface for tagging and release.

2004 - Star-Oddi releases DST micro, a smaller sized logger. With its introduction, Star-Oddi enters the biomedical market and enables ocean scientists to tag even smaller fish. 

2005 - DST pitch and roll logger is introduced. Star-Oddi wins the Icelandic Fisheries Award in 2005 for Outstanding Icelandic Supplier. DST pitch and roll is introduced.

2006 - Star-Oddi receives the Icelandic Centre for Research and Trade Council of Iceland 2006 Innovation Award

2008 - A DST with a compass sensor and Fish Call is introduced. Fish Call is used to train fish and attract them to a sound source for feeding.

2009 - The DST tilt, a three directional tilt sensor becomes available, measuring tilt at three axis: X, Y and Z. In addition, a combined DST with compass and tilt sensors is launched with the DST magnetic.

2010 - Star-Oddi releases the world's smallest temperature logger with the DST nano-T and introduces Fish Selector, a net-based equipment which selects the fish catch based on size and species, avoiding bycatch and increasing the value of the catch. A temperature and light logger, DST bird, is also released, intended for geolocation studies of small seabirds.

2012 - Star-Oddi releases its telemetry system for the biomedical research market and moves to a new and bigger location.

2013 - Heart rate sensor is added to the DST series. Star-Oddi receives an award for most innovative product idea with the Fish Selector at the Icelandic Annual Fisheries Conference.


Data Storage Tags - DSTs

Star-Oddi has been manufacturing and developing DSTs since 1993. The data loggers are used for various studies, such as fish tagging, fishing gear studies and oceanography. You can find our whole product range here. The following sensors are available:


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