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Sustainability and Technology in the Fisheries Sector: The Icelandic Approach—and a US Perspective



As part of our upcoming Nordic Innovation Summit, we invite you to attend this special discussion of the Icelandic approach to sustainable fisheries technology. Admission is free. Explore the full program below!

Iceland has been a leader in fisheries technology and fish stock management for decades. This event will showcase Iceland’s contribution to an efficient and sustainable fishing industry; and it aims to initiate a dialogue with the Washington State region, one of the key fisheries regions in the US. Several key Icelandic players in the sector will be represented as well as a major US fisheries operator.

9:15am | Registration and coffee
9:30am | Opening address by H.E. Áslaug Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation
9:40am | Scene Setting and Context: Dr. Thor Sigfusson (Founder of the Icelandic Ocean Cluster)
9:50am - 10:35am | Panel: Fisheries management and monitoring–ensuring sustainability and quality
  • Thorsteinn Sigurdsson (CEO, Marine and Freshwater Research Institute)
  • Einar Gustafsson (CEO, American Seafoods)
  • Thorvardur Kjerulf Sigurjónsson (Business Manager for Fisheries Management Solutions, TrackWell)
  • Moderator: H.E. Bergdís Ellertsdóttir (Iceland’s Ambassador to the US)
10:35am - 10:55am | Coffee and networking
10:55am - 11:40am | Panel: Processing technology–adding value where the fish is caught; using the whole fish
  • Smart Processing: Ingvar Vilhjálmsson (WiseFish)
  • Elína Erlendsson (Director of Global Human Resources, Kerecis)
  • Dr. Thor Sigfússon (Founder and CEO, Iceland Ocean Cluster)
  • Haukur Jóhannesson (Sales Manager, Marel)
  • Moderator: Erlingur Gudleifsson (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
11:40am – 12:15pm | Networking and light refreshments

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