Salmon education centre opens in Reykjavík

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Lax-inn, an education centre focusing on salmon farming in Iceland opened by the old harbour in Reykjavík on Friday last week.

The man behind the project, the first educational centre on aquaculture in Iceland, is Sigurður Pétursson, founder of salmon producer Arctic Fish.

Speaking at the opening, Pétursson said that the training centre was intended to give the public an insight into fish farming in the country.

At the centre, production processes are explained and the environmental impact of the production is traced. Emphasis is put on introducing the farming technology of Icelandic companies and on transparency – there is a camera system connected to Fiskeldi Autfjarði and Laxi ehf in East Iceland, allowing the public to see live feeds from inside the pens.

A statement on the centre’s website reads, “It is important that Icelandic consumers are well informed about the state of aquaculture worldwide as well as in Iceland, what it means for the national economy and the development of employment in sparsely populated areas of the country. The aquaculture companies in Iceland focus on environmentally friendly production and in recent years there has been a lot of development in salmon aquaculture.”