Close co-operation with industry
The value of exported fresh fish from Iceland has increased significantly with improved methods of handling and cooling of the catch. The annual export of fresh fish amounts to about ISK 40-45 billion. If the same volume was to be exported frozen, the value would be only half this amount.
The great success achieved in handling and cooling sea products can largely be attributed to research carried out by experts from Matís and universities, in close co-operation with fishing companies, and to endless urge to improve the handling, cooling and utilization of the catch. The shelf-life of cod filets has almost doubled with proper handling and cooling, which results in higher value of fresh fish. Much has been achieved during recent years, but the tasks ahead are also numerous.
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