Matís in the Eastfjords

Oddur Már Gunnarsson, CEO of Matís, Þorsteinn Sigurðsson, CEO of the Marine Research Institute and Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, set out with an escort east to land on 16 June. The reason for the trip was a visit to Múlinn in Neskaupstaður. It was decided to make good use of the trip and visit some of the main workplaces in the East Fjords.

The first place the party visited was Eskja's new and magnificent pelagic processing plant in Eskifjörður. Þorstein Kristjánsson, CEO of Eskja, led an informative tour with others about the building, which is huge and high-tech. Next was held at Egersund in Iceland, which is also located in Eskifjörður. Egersund is a leading company in the field of sales, fishing gear manufacturing and repair of float trawls and seines and the group got to know people in the various jobs.

Next, the company Laxar fiskeldi was visited and held out in the fish farms of those located in Reyðarfjörður. The docks were inspected and Jens Garðar Helgason, managing director, along with other staff also offered a cup of coffee outside in a barge which was welcome in the sleet which did not fit well with the date on the calendar. The visit to Eskifjörður was crowned with lunch at Randulffssjóhús.

In the afternoon we visited Norðfjörður and visited Múlinn, a cooperative house in Neskaupstaður. Many staff gathered in Múlan and the group from the south was given a tour of the house, which is all the most magnificent. The Minister addressed the meeting at the beginning and Oddur Már and Þorsteinn Sigurðsson did the same. Stefán Þór Eysteinsson finally told about the construction and infrastructure of a new biomass plant that Matís is setting up on site in collaboration with Síldarvinnslan.

After the ceremony in Múlan, Börkur, Síldarvinnslan's new ship, was inspected. Gunnþór B. Ingvason, CEO of Síldarvinnslan, guided the group around the ship and told about the infrastructure that is one of the most perfect that happens.

The trip was all the most enjoyable and it is clear that the possibilities for collaboration with companies in the Eastfjords are many and varied.