Domesticated Cod

25 02 2013

Today we visited an aquaculture company operating out of the village of Súðavík. Hraðfrystihúsið – Gunnvör hf (aka HG) is based in Isafjörður. The company also has 3 boats (Pall Palsson, Stefnir, and Julius Geirmundsson) and 150 employees. Their turnover is an amazing $35,000,000 USD! With the decline in the shrimp stocks, HG closed its shrimping factory in 2001 to focus on aquaculture.

HG has about a dozen cod pens in Álftafjördur. In total, the company produces 2,000 tons of farmed cod per year!

We went out to feed the cod and clear the pens of dead fish. HG has about a dozen cod pens in Álftafjördur. In total, the company produces 2,000 tons of farmed cod per year!

Cod production cycle. HF does both the closed cycle (from eggs) and capture based aquaculture.

Cod production cycle. HF does both the closed cycle (from eggs) and capture based aquaculture. Capture based rears 1kg wild caught cod to a 4kg product, extending the quota and increasing profit.

Hello little fishies! There are 60,000 of you!!!

Hello little fishies! There are 60,000 of you!!!

The entirety of the cod gets used, and Súðavík also has a cod liver canning factory.

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