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Icelandic pupils to receive an aquaculture education

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
11 January 2023, at 9:00am

A group of Icelandic salmon farming companies has signed an agreement to establish an initiative that allows secondary school pupils to learn about aquaculture.

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Arnarlax and the Ísafjörður High School signed a cooperation agreement, along with Arctic Fish and Háafell, in collaboration with Vestfjarðastofa (Westfjords Regional Development Office). © Arnarlax

The co-operation agreement was signed on 6 January by Arnarlax and the Ísafjörður High School, along with Arctic Fish and Háafell, in collaboration with Vestfjarðastofa (Westfjords Regional Development Office).

In the Westfjords, as in other parts of the country, fish farming as an industry is growing rapidly. However according to Arnalax, there is a marked shortage of educated personnel to respond to that growth.

A new course that will be led by the Ísafjörður High School is entitled ” Hafið, umhverfið og auðlindir” eða – “the ocean, the environment and resources.”

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As Björn Hembre, CEO of Arnarlax, reflected: “I believe that new studies in aquaculture in Ísafjörður and in other parts of the country are a big step for the aquaculture industry. There is a great need for good, talented young people in the coming years in the industry.”