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VSV Record Salt Fish Production Icelandic fishery and processor VSV has during the first three months of the year produced more salt fish than in the whole of 2018. If this continues, then production in mid-April will be higher than in the whole of 2019.

In one recent weekend, 46 tonnes of salted fish were packed in one day during the processing and salting of seasonal cod at Vinnslustöðin plant. The line boats Kap II and Brynjólfur have been fishing well, as has the Drangavík. The company has also purchased fish from its commercial boats.

By acquiring Grupeixe’s salt fish processing company in Portugal, Vinnslustöðin became a direct participant in the processing and sale of this important market and controls all aspects of production, from fishing and processing here at home to processing, sales and marketing work there.

The seasonal fish on the south coast of Iceland is Christmas dinner in Portugal and during the holidays Portugal eats about 5,000 tonnes of dried salted fish on Christmas Eve. That equates to 12,000 tons of fish from the sea!

Nowadays, the business is focused on gathering supplies for Christmas, but salted fish have also sold well in recent weeks after the Covid 19 virus epidemic reached Portugal. Salted fish are kept well stocked and are held high on a variety of festive occasions other than Christmas, for example on the feasting of the Passover.

The processing plant follows strict operating and safety rules for land and sea due to the current pandemic. Employees are urged to follow the hygiene recommendation and to have full care at all in workplace and off-site communication.