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Iceland’s Fishing Industry Opts for Mussel Cultivation

Mussel cultivation can become a competitive industry in Iceland, similar as in Canada, as announced by a committee on Tuesday, which was established by Minister of Fisheries Einar K. Gudfinnsson to examine the feasibility of mussel cultivation.

A report submitted by the committee recommends that authorities help strengthening the industry and encouraging its growth. “I believe the committee’s conclusions are both moderate and realistic,” Gudfinnsson told Morgunbladid, adding that the ministry will take the committee’s proposal under serious consideration.

According to the minister, the next step is to further research the quality of mussels cultivated in Icelandic waters, such as establishing whether the level of cadmium is above the guideline limits of the European Union.

The consumption of mussels is increasing in Europe and the price for mussels in rising. Many European countries lack space for mussel cultivation, but Iceland has plenty of space for such activities, although local fishermen do not have much experience in this field.

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