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Fish processing on display

Icelandic fishing company Brim hf. has invested in a fish factory in Reykjavík and plans to turn it into a live fish processing museum and a small fish store.

According to Morgunbladid, the idea is to have the fish factory open for the public so tourists can observe how salt fish is processed and afterwards purchase the finished product in the attached fish store.

“We want to demonstrate that there is a fishing industry at the harbor in Reykjavík. We want to renovate the building and build an extension to open new possibilities, even a restaurant related to the fish processing,” said director of Brim Gudmundur Kristjánsson.

“To have fish processing like this in the center of a capital is unique, but we are a fish industry nation. We live on an island and we live off the sea. Tourists and others want to see that and we intend to show them,” Kristjánsson said.

He said guests will be able to watch how fish are unloaded and processed in addition to having a meal. “They get to see that there are not just music halls and museums by the harbor, but also people who work in fish processing,” Kristjánsson said.

Brim recently moved the main harbor of its trawlers from Akureyri to Reykjavík. Kristjánsson said this move did not mean that fish processing would be moved away from Akureyri in the north.

Björn Ingi Hrafnsson, managing director of Faxaflói Bay Harbors, told Morgunbladid that he feels positive about Brim’s plans. “We are always trying to create a condition for traditional harbor activities and it is very pleasing to have a company like Brim involved in the old harbor [in Reykjavík].”

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