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Matorka rocked by Iceland earthquakes

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Iceland’s recent earthquakes have adversely affected the country’s leading Arctic char producer, Matorka.

aerial view of a land-based fish farm.
Matorka has been farming Arctic char in Iceland since 2010

Their farm has been damaged by recent earthquakes, and local residents have been evacuated from the area

The company produces char in a land-based farm near Grindavik – the town in southwest Iceland that was hit by several large earthquakes on 10 November, leading to its evacuation.

In their most recent post on LinkedIn Matorka explained: “All our staff are safe, but due to last weekend's earthquakes, our fish farm situated just outside Grindavík sustained some damage, and current conditions remain challenging. Strict access limits are in place for safety reasons, yet our production team is doing an incredible job of managing the farm and caring for the fish under these difficult circumstances.

“Our professional, dedicated team is prioritising health and safety, while tending to the needs of the fish. It's crucial to ensure the well-being of these living creatures. Our focus remains on the well-being of our staff and also the welfare of our fish.

“We have been inundated with offers of support from many stakeholders, both locally and internationally, for which we are extremely grateful. We are very grateful to our critical suppliers who continue to make sure that we have adequate stock of feed, oxygen and other supplies so that we can operate as effectively as possible.”

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