VSV (Vinnslustöðin hf. í Vestmannaeyjum) is among Iceland’s leading seafood companies, with a variety of activities in both fishing and seafood production.
The company is the Westmann Islands’ largest employer with 350 permanent staff, while also able to call on additional temporary workers for seasonal work.
VSV operates nine fishing vessels, including pelagic vessels, trawlers and netters.
VSV runs saltfish production and langoustine processing, as well as groundfish and pelagic processing. The company also runs its own fishmeal plant and refrigerated cold store. In addition, VSV also manages its own marketing and sales activities.
VSV was founded in 1946; it owns and operates sales and marketing division under the name About Fish Iceland, About Fish Germany, About fish Portugal and Anyfish in Russia.
Also VSV owns in cooperations a value added Seafood production called Marholmar. VSV has formulated a policy and set goals for environmental affairs and caretaking of marine resources, including the full utilisation of landed raw material.
- The Westman Islands are one of the biggest fishing stations in Iceland, and close to them are bountiful fishing grounds. The islands are also extremely well positioned for foreign markets on both sides of the Atlantic.
- A large part of the catch processed in Iceland by Vinnslustödin (VSV) is caught in the vicinity of the Westman Islands, which is also the last port of call for cargo ships en route from Iceland to ports in Continental Europe and the northern edge of Europe.
- VSV’s proximity to fishing grounds and markets increases buyers’ chances of getting fresher products. Fish sent by sea from the Westman Islands to Europe can be one day fresher than if it were shipped from other ports in Iceland.
- VSV is one of Iceland’s biggest fisheries companies with large fishing operations, fish processing, sales and marketing; in other words, it handles all aspects of its production, from fishing to markets/consumers.