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Icelandic Mussel Cultivator Launches Production

By Iceland Review

The mussel cultivation company Nordurskel on Hrísey island (population ca. 200) in north Iceland has now launched full production after eight years of developmental work with its first products expected to arrive on the market soon.

Hrísey island. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Nordurskel was established in 2000 with the purpose of developing profitable and eco-friendly mussel cultivation. It had proven difficult to launch production until one of the largest mussel cultivation companies in North America invested in the company one year ago, RÚV reports.

The investor introduced mussel cultivation methods that have proven successful in Canada and now Nordurskel is reaping the benefits.

“It has been a long process, which was very difficult during the first years, but after the Canadians came and helped us now we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” commented managing director of Nordurskel Vídir Björnsson.

Nordurskel already employs five people and is planning to hire ten others in the coming days. Production will take place in Hrísey. The company estimates that around 100 tons of mussels will be produced this year.

“The Icelandic mussel in my opinion is one of the best ones that I’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s a very full meat and it’s very tasty mussel, so I think there are lots of opportunities for the industry to grow,” said chairman of the Canadian Aquaculture Association Cyr Couturier.

“It’s the greenest industry in terms of food production in the world, and there’s no reason why Iceland shouldn’t be a leader in mussel production,” Couturier added. “You have […] highly productive water and you just can’t beat it.”

Click here to read more about mussel cultivation in Iceland.

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