Renewable Matter # 06-07 / October-December

In Iceland, Cod is king

by Ilaria Nardello

On September 24, Icelanders will celebrate “Cod Day” for the first time. Organised by Iceland Ocean Cluster and Ocean Cluster House, the event reminds us about the large potential that our natural resources hold, beyond traditional exploitation practices. 

“While in typical North Atlantic fisheries, the head, gut and bones of every cod are discarded, in Icelandic fisheries we have become used to making money out of many of these by-products,” says Dr. Thor Sigfusson, CEO of the Iceland Ocean Cluster. Their analyses indicate that Icelanders are able to utilise over 80% of each cod, while many neighbouring countries, such as Norway and...

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