The website IcelandReview.com has recently reported the development of a warm water fish farming of tilapia fish at Flúðir.
The website IcelandReview.com has recently reported the development of a warm water fish farming of tilapia fish at Flúðir in the south of the country. The local municipality, the company Íslensk Matorka and Matís (Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D) signed a declaration of intent last week on launching warm water fish farming at Flúðir, which is part of the development of energy-intensive food production in the area.
Tilapia is a popular food around the world and is sometimes called “the chicken of the sea”. The species is generally associated with South East Asia and is the largest farmed species in the world, with millions of tons sold on global markets.
The fish feeds on grain and grows very quickly: it can be harvested after just six months. For comparison, char is not harvested until it reaches an age of twenty-seven months and cod is longer yet at four years. The largest breeders of tilapia are in China and the species competes directly with cod at market.
| From Flúdir. Photo by Páll Kjartansson