Today is the first day of Cees-Jan Bastiaansen's "new adventure" at Matorka as Sustainability Director. A position in which the former director of Kingfish Company explained in his LinkeIdn that he was excited to live "in one of the most magical places in the world" and "work with this fantastic species."
After seven years at The Kingfish Company and with a background in the field, he began what Bastiaansen described in his LinkeIdn as a "new adventure" and fulfilled one of his dreams: to work and live in Iceland.
Cees-Jan accomplished his Master's degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. During his tenure at The Kingfish Company, he played a crucial role in securing accreditations for their land-based operations and species from ASC and BAP. Additionally, he was responsible for overseeing sustainability and impact reporting. Impressed by his expertise in fish biology, terrestrial farming, quality management, and sustainability, Matorka welcomed him as the ideal candidate for their team.
In this new role, Bastiaansen's primary focus will be on promoting sustainable growth, specifically in the Arctic char. This marks another significant stride towards Matorka's commitment to sustainability and its ongoing efforts to minimize its environmental footprint.
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. Thanks to this system they can provide constant water temperature and 200,000-year-old lava beds to naturally filter the water.