In Icelandic, “mat” means food and “orka” means energy. Matorka translates to food energy.Food is indeed energy, but we take it a step further. Our operations use only sustainable and renewable geothermal energy. We have been offsetting our energy linked carbon emissions since 2014 through certified reforestation.
Land-based aquaculture refers to a method of fish or seafood farming that takes place on land. Unlike traditional open-net pens or cages in oceans, lakes or rivers, land-based aquaculture operates in a controlled environment and has several advantages: it enables truly sustainable fish farming; it allows for year-round production regardless of weather conditions; it reduces the risk of escapes and interactions with wild populations; and it provides better control over feed management and fish growth.
Raising fish on land is one approach to aquaculture that has gained significant positive attention in recent years. This very sustainable approach to aquaculture offers advantages across the board with environmental impact, water conservation and biosecurity. We are immensely proud to be part of the solution by supplying responsibly farmed fish to meet the growing demand for both healthy and low carbon impact protein.
Yes. Our fish are raised under optimal conditions, in pristine Icelandic waters and are fed perfectly formulated sustainable feed, all contributing to producing the finest Arctic char, a high protein, high omega-3 content fish.
Arctic char is a cold-water fish species that belongs to the Salmon family. It has a streamlined body with silver skin, which may display various shades of pink, red, or orange. The flesh of Arctic char is typically pink to red, with a delicate and fine texture, unparalleled taste and superior flavour. It is highly regarded by seafood enthusiasts for its culinary versatility.
Yes. Iceland’s water is recognized for its exceptional quality and purity. Our Icelandic water is naturally filtered through local lava fields, yielding pristine water that is ideal for raising Arctic char.
While our pricing necessarily varies depending on the point of delivery and the specific cuts, we deliver extraordinary value to both our customers and consumers. Guaranteed. Reach out directly for pricing on your specific needs.
No. Our Arctic char eggs are hatched in pristine glacial waters. The juvenile fish are then carefully transferred from the hatchery to the production sites at Grindavik where they thrive in pure Icelandic water that is naturally free of parasites and pathogens. To ensure the continued well-being and quality of our fish, we maintain an active health monitoring program. Regular screenings and assessments by an external veterinarian further guarantee the health and excellence of our fish.
Yes. The welfare of our fish is a top priority and we treat them with the utmost respect. We have a passionate team of aquaculturists caring for our fish using the world’s most optimal production systems.
The fish are fed a sustainable diet free from any GMO ingredients and hormones. We work closely with our feed producers to ensure that we offer the best possible formulation with the lowest possible environmental impact.
No. Our fish are raised in a closed land-locked system with no open water access, ensuring there is no mixing with wild fish populations.
We prioritise sustainability in all our business and operational decisions. Our systems are designed to be extremely energy efficient, with energy supplied from Iceland’s renewable and clean geothermal sources.
Our water is naturally filtered through local lava fields yielding perfectly pure water, ideal for an optimal rearing environment for our fish. We measure our carbon emissions and have been offsetting our energy related carbon footprint through supporting reforestation since 2014.
Our Arctic char is available throughout Iceland, Europe and North America. Contact us to find out more.
Matorka is proud to hold multiple leading global certifications that cover a range of areas including environmental sustainability, labor practices, aquaculture, and animal welfare.
Matorka is certified by the ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council), Global GAP, and recognised as Best Choice.
ASC: ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) is an independent organization that sets standards and certifies sustainable practices in the aquaculture industry, promoting responsible and environmentally friendly fish farming.
Global GAP: Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) is an internationally recognized standard that ensures safe and sustainable farming practices throughout the entire food production process.
Seafood Watch: Seafood Watch is a program that provides consumers and businesses with science-based recommendations to make informed choices about sustainable seafood options, aiming to promote responsible fishing and aquaculture practices.
Matorka produces and exports the following:
- Head on, Gutted (HOG) fish in 55 lbs (approximately 25 kg) boxes
- Skin on, pinbone out filets in 10 lbs (approximately 4.5 kg) boxes
- Skin on, pinbone out portions in 10 lbs (approximately 4.5 kg) boxes
The above are available either fresh, or individually quick frozen (IQF).
Matorka fish is available throughout Iceland, North America, and Europe. New territories are continually being assessed. Delivery time varies depending on the location of the customer.
Matorka fish is shipped by sea wherever possible and, alternatively, on existing regularly scheduled passenger flights with freight capacity, resulting in a lower freight related carbon emissions (scope 3). We continue to explore best possible packing solutions to ensure continuous improvements of our sustainability practices from egg to plate.
Yes. We harvest-to-order, ensuring our fish always arrive fresh, with the time from harvest to loading for shipping taking as little as 4 hours. And we retain an optimal cold chain throughout the journey from our processing plant to our customers.