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Asco harvest is beginning

New, but still not so new, harvesters have joined our flock this year. Björgvin Matthías Hallgrímsson og Eyjólfur Hermannsson have been with us earlier. This season they have returned to mount thwo of Thorverk´s harvesters to collect Asco. And the season has begun. 


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Signing a memorandum with University of Iceland

photography by Gunnar Sverrisson, HÍ
photography by Gunnar Sverrisson, HÍ

Thorverk is still ploughing the way for developing a centre for algal research and product development in Reykholar. Friday March 25 the rector for the University of Iceland hosted a meeting. A joint memorandum ffor cooperation was signed. Projects will be formulated and contracts made for each one, hopefully to develop further added value and innovative use of seaweed. Here the Deans, reserach attaché and friends of algal research meet at the rectors office. 


Group flying over Iceland - annual celebration

A pic made by Fly over Iceland.
A pic made by Fly over Iceland.

Hurray, we all came back after two nights away in Reykjavik. On the Friday everybody sat down to a table of danish open sandwitches. And on the Saturday we went to see Iceland from a birdsey view. Screaming and lifting legs we really enjoyed the scenery. 


Last days of kelp harvest

Ice discs on Breiðafjord
Ice discs on Breiðafjord
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It is February. On the west coast of Iceland we have experienced cold spells, snowhails and frost. Kelp harvest is soon coming to an end. 


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Thorverk and Reykholahreppur join hands

Frá vinstri María Maack, biologist, Finnur Árnason, executive manager, Ingibjörg Birna Erlingsdóttir, mayor, Oddur Már Gunnarsson, General manager of MATIS, Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir, biologist and assisting director for MATÍS.
Frá vinstri María Maack, biologist, Finnur Árnason, executive manager, Ingibjörg Birna Erlingsdóttir, mayor, Oddur Már Gunnarsson, General manager of MATIS, Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir, biologist and assisting director for MATÍS.
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Thorverk is very pleased to announce its participation in establishing The Icelandic Centre for Algal Research and Product Development in Reykholar. It's purpose is to enhance research, product development and education focusing on macro-algae, their ecology, growth and harvest, cultivation and uses. This will be done in cooperation with other research institutes and companies. 

The Reykhólar-community wants to promote more diverse employment in the area not the least by finding new ways of utilizing the local resources. Therefore increased research and development activities is a good starting point. To reach this goal facilities for new and established residents. Signing the memorandum shows this policy in action, and participation in the establishment of the Centre confirms a strong vision for the village, which was built around the foundation of Thorverk seaweed and kelp drying plant in the 1970s. 

 

 


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Research on seaweed biomass in Breiðafjordur

Úr Breiðafirði
Úr Breiðafirði

The Icelandic Marine and Fresh Water Research Institute oversees the councelling for harvesting seaweed around Iceland. Research is ongoing as described in a report issued in 2019. 


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Merry Christmas and winter solstice

our harbour
our harbour

We wish you Merry Christmas, we hope the coming year will be prosperous. Remember to waste none and use your feet for travel when possible. 


Sign of excellence

The Thorverk factory belongs to the 2.2% of Icelandic companies that are considered showing outstanding performance. This merit is recieved as a token for shown environmental, safety and economic proficiency. 


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Pollution around Iceland is decreasing

Breiðafjörður
Breiðafjörður

Resistant chemicals and banned substances are decreasing in the sea around Iceland. Ten institutes participate in monitoring these in an international cooperation. The results show that some biotoxins have decreased during the last decades. 


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Now we use less plastic and go to BioZ

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We strive to do better in environmental matters. Plastic is accumulating in the sea. So we avoid using plastic as much as possible. Most of the plastic used in Thorverk are wrappings around paperbags on pallets that are exported. And now we annouce that the wrappings are made of BioZ. 


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