The Iceland Ocean Cluster’s mission is to create value and discover new opportunities by connecting entrepreneurs, businesses and knowledge in the marine industries.

Plastic pollution could become a threat to Iceland’s fisheries

In 2014, it was estimated that nearly 269,000 tonnes of plastic waste was floating in the world’s oceans. Plastic in the marine environment threatens the viability of the ocean as a livable habitat. The seafood sector is one of the cornerstones of the Icelandic economy, and healthy and clean oceans are therefore crucial to the well being of the Icelandic people. Iceland can lead by example to combat marine plastic pollution in the oceans.

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The New Utilization Movement

The project Nordic Ways is a book of short insightful essays written by distinguished authors from all five countries representing a broad spectrum of Nordic life. The project features an impressive and august array of nearly 50 authors representing all five Nordic countries. The ultimate goal is to provide a long-term platform for what it means to be Nordic in business, as environmental stewards, in the arts, culture, innovation, education and in commitment to democratic values. There is growing interest in the United States in Nordic societies and attention being paid to Nordic solutions: cutting edge innovation in technology and design, arts, culture, liberal democratic values, including gender equality and a free press, environmental responsibility, and economic success achieved on a global level in partnership with employees.

Dr. Thor Sigfusson, author of the article „The New Utilization Movement“. In the article he discusses the Icelandic fishing industry and the ocean cluster and how successfully Icelanders have been able to increase the utilization of their catch far beyond other countries. The utilization of each fish is on average 80% while other compatible nations utilize less than 50%.
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The IOC introduces educational app for kids

trillan-2The Iceland Ocean Cluster has introduced a new website and an app “Trillan” to educate young school children about the ocean and its resources.

“This all started with a cluster group of eight schools in Iceland. After brainstorming about most important issues to address regarding the ocean, the group decided that more educational material was needed for children. We initially received sponsorship from Islandsbanki and TM Insurance and later from Icelandic munipalities and the Iceland Pelagic Fund. We are very please to introduce this app and glad to show how the cluster work – connecting people – is steadily bearing fruit”, says dr. Thor Sigfusson at IOC.

The IOC took part in Beach Clean-up Day

Beach Clean up-dayAugust 31st,
the IOC staff took part in a Beach Clean-up Day organized by the Blue Army in Iceland and The US Embassy in Iceland. Two large containers of rubbish were collected. There is more to do and we will be back soon to clean up more with this marvellous team of volunteers.

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