Maryke Musson will be the new COO of Matorka, and as the company explained, she is no ordinary COO. She is a marine scientist, aquaculture specialist, conservation biologist, physiologist, ichthyologist, commercial diver, carbon analyst, and a staunch advocate for positive environmental impact and awareness.
With an extensive career and diverse industry experience, Maryke Musson has accumulated a wealth of expertise. Over the years, she has navigated various phases of the aquaculture industry.
Her career journey began nearly 30 years ago at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. During this initial engagement, Maryke honed her expertise in fish breeding, animal welfare, and aquatic life support systems.
Later, she ventured into the production and marketing of mulloway/dusky kob in South Africa, playing a pivotal role in establishing a vertically integrated RAS facility. Her responsibilities spanned from design and construction to research and development, broodstock management, hatchery production, and marketing of a certified sustainable product.
After 17 years in aquaculture, Maryke returned to the world of aquarium science, becoming the CEO of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation. Subsequently, she served as an executive at The South African Association for Marine Biological Research in Durban, South Africa.
Likewise, the company celebrated her coming, and even the CEO had a few words for her. "I have known Maryke for almost 20 years. I am very excited to work with her again to build something very special with the team," said Christo Du Plessis.
Matorka is an Icelandic company engaged in sustainable aquaculture of Artic charr and salmon trout for global markets. With a year-round harvest, Matorka is capable of producing almost 2 million portions of delectable seafood annually. Therefore, one of their characteristics is their aquaculture method which is based on the use of geothermal energy. Furthermore, thanks to this system they can provide constant water temperature and 200,000-year-old lava beds to naturally filter the water.