Matorka’s quick pivot post-quake: New processing plant sees holiday orders fulfilled

Editorial Staff

Icelandic producer harvesting and processing in new facilities despite quake damage just three weeks ago.

Icelandic arctic char producer Matorka has restarted processing operations at its new facility in Hafnarfjörður, following earthquake-induced damage to its original plant in Grindavík in November.

This move marks a significant step in the company’s efforts to resume the supply of Arctic char to its global customer base.

In November, Grindavik was evacuated after magma-induced seismic activity tore vast chasms through the streets.

Iceland declared a state of emergency and the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) said there was a considerable risk of an eruption.

The country’s Met Office has now said that seismic activity is decreasing, although the unrest is not over.

“We are back!,” wrote CEO Christo du Plessis on LinkedIn. “After three weeks of incredible work by the entire team we are harvesting and processing in new facilities and will fill all Xmas orders,”

The transition to the Hafnarfjörður facility comes after a challenging period for Matorka, necessitated by the recent seismic activities around Grindavík.

The company’s processing plant and farms in the Icelandic town suffered considerable damage, prompting the need for an alternative location to continue operations.

The past week has seen intensive efforts in relocating and installing processing equipment at the new site, according to a statement from the company.

The company reports that farming operations have now stabilized, with the fish continuing to feed and grow effectively.


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