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Geothermal heat key element of new aquaculture facilities in the West Fjords of Iceland

Aquaculture hatchery facilities in Tálknafjördur, West Fjords/ Iceland (source: Facebook/ Arctic Fish)
Alexander Richter 23 Oct 2019

The availability of geothermal heat has been a key reason for an aquaculture company setting up a breeding and hatchery center in the community of Talknafjördur in the West Fjords of Iceland. The facilities were opened last week.

Icelandic news recently reported on the opening of a new onshore aquaculture breeding and hatchery center by company Arctic Fish in the Westfjords of Iceland.

This is the largest single investment in aquaculture in this country, and will be one of the most technologically advanced aquaculture plants in the world based on a water recycling system. The emergence of the aquaculture center has created fifteen full-year jobs in the municipality of Tálknafjördur.

The aquaculture station is the first in Iceland to be based entirely on water recycling technology and provides the opportunity for the production in large aquaculture farms for exposure in the surrounding offshore fish farming areas of the company. The buildings, which total over 10 thousand square meters in size, are the largest that have risen in the West Fjords. With their arrival, Arctic Fish now has the perfect heat, feed and light control technology which means that it is now possible to adapt breeding conditions to different age groups.

Arctic Fish already has aquaculture activities in Tálknafjördur, as well as Patreksfjördur and Dýrafjördur, where Tálknafjördur was chosen for the aquaculture station where there are natural springs of hot water. The farm is therefore close to both geothermal areas and the sea, so the exposure of juveniles is possible directly from the station buildings.

Further details via an article by Fish Farmer Magazine below.

Source: DV, Fish Farmer Magazine