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Åkerblå has announced the appointment of Roy-Inge Hansen as a senior consultant, taking the position on October 1st.
As part of the company’s plan to intensify its investment in Iceland, the focus has shifted towards Hansen. This hiring enhances fish health assurances.
“Åkerblå is a very serious and important player in the aquaculture industry, and I am delighted to contribute to its further development. I look forward to getting to know Blár Akur, Åkerblå, and the clients,” said Roy-Inge Hansen.
Furthermore, Hansen brings extensive industry experience to the table. He holds a degree from the University of Fisheries in Tromsø, Norway, and has worked in the blue sector for the majority of his career. In the last five years, he has been with Nofima, although he had prior interactions with Åkerblå. Before joining Nofima, he worked at Marin Helse, which is now a part of Åkerblå.
“We believe that investing in fish health with a longer history is a way to progress where we have control. Iceland is a significant aquaculture country, and we are confident it will be an important market for us in the years ahead,” said Arvid Strømme, chairman of the board of Blár Akkur and responsible for Åkerblå’s foreign investments.
Increasing fish health translates to enhancing quality in Iceland.
As Åkerblå explained, since its establishment in 2019, Blár Akur has experienced consistent growth in activity and revenue. As Strømme pointed out, there was a need to provide a “higher-level experience.” This was necessary to create more stability within the local workforce.
Strømme’s strategy is clear: he aims to establish an environment in Iceland that ensures presence and growth. The fish health environment on the island is small, and Åkerblå wants to collaborate to improve the health and well-being of fish in the industry.
“We have a good dialogue with other communities in Iceland working in the same industry. So, we will see what the future holds. At the same time, we see that Åkerblå’s acquisition opens some doors. DNV is present in Iceland, as it is in most other maritime countries in the world, and we have already discussed the possibility of sharing locations to provide employees with a larger community to work with,” he added.
Åkerblå Group is a knowledge-based company that provides invaluable support to clients engaged in sustainable oceanic ventures. With their interdisciplinary expertise in fish health, environmental conservation, and technical services, they strive to optimize operations in the maritime realm. Their offices and laboratories are strategically located in Norway, Great Britain, Iceland, and Lithuania.
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