Fish farming company Fjarðalax in Patreksfjörður, the southern West Fjords, is proving successful and is about to hire 25 new employees. However, the lack of available housing is posing a problem, visir.is reports.
“It isn’t easy persuading Icelanders to move to the West Fjords,” production manager Höskuldur Steinarsson admitted. “But things are changing … People are interested in coming here now; young people, people with education and experience—and people with families.”
However, providing housing for prospective employees is proving difficult. “There’s a shortage of apartments. The next big project [after improving the employment situation in the West Fjords] is improving infrastructure,” he said.
Founded five years ago, Fjarðalax is leading the rapid development of aquaculture in the region. The company has established marine pens for salmon fry in Tálknafjörður, Arnarfjörður and Patreksfjörður. Starting out with three employees, they now number 57.
Three years ago, Fjarðalax began processing salmon in Patreksfjörður where most of the staff is employed. The production this year is expected to reach over 2,000 tons.