Arctic Fish Greenland A/S’s new factory in the village of Nuussuaq is now open, with the first day’s production on Thursday last week.
‘The factory was ready for production since 1st December, but there has been bad weather in the area. But now fishermen were able to land fish, we were finally able to start production and 15 new staff had their first day’s work at the factory,’ said Arctic Fish Greenland’s director Frederik Olsen.
The 700 square metre factory has a 500 tonne cold store capacity and can produce 12-16 tonnes of headed and tailed Greenland halibut every day.
In the past, the older storage capacity was limited to 130 tonnes, so production had to be halted when the cold store was full.
Now between 40 and 45 fishermen can supply the Arctic Fish Greenland factory year-round. Expecting fishing to get off to a strong start in the coming weeks, the factory should move to working two shifts, so that it will provide 30 jobs.
‘The local population has been looking forward to the opening of the Arctic Fish Greenland factory for some years. Now that it’s here, it means a lot to the people of the town. Everyone here is very pleased that we have finally been able to make a start,’ Frederik Olsen said.
The decision to embark on a new factory in in Nuussuaq was taken in 2018 after fishing company Arctic Fish Greenland, owned by local fishermen in Nuussuaq and Kullorsuaq, and Royal Greenland A/S was established in 2017.