Posted by: neilh10 | September 16, 2011

The conclusion (hopefully) of flateyri’s fish factory saga

The fish factory in Flateyri has a new owner.

Or rather, several new owners.

The government seems to be getting behind ‘Arctic fish’. These guys have set up a trout farm in nearby Dyrafjordur, and plan to process the fish in the factory in Flateyri, about an hours boat ride away. My understanding is that a deal has been done between the Regional Development Agency and Arctic Fish to refurbish the fish processing plant (it is in absolutely desperate need of improvement – earlier this year the roof blew off and the place is literally wasting away as we speak). So that’s good news.

But, details of the Arctic fish operation are rather sketchy. Specifically, the question that gets raised over and over again is how will this translate in to jobs, and no-one is saying much about that. There are optimistic predictions of 60-70 new jobs in the village, but my understanding is that these jobs will come to fruition at some point in the future, and assuming the Arctic Fish business plan works out. So, not next week.

Meanwhile, it seems that the Lotna operation will continue, having secured two buildings from the estate to process fish landed in the town. And, other small scale enterprises have sprung up. There are several boats based in the dock, which is great news for the spirit and pride of the town – something that has really taken a hit over the course of the last year. Hopefully the town has past the bottom, and things will start to get better.

But I’m also hopeful this won’t be another false start.

English language coverage HERE

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