Asco Harvester was founded at the beginning of 2016 with the aim of designing and building an seaweed harvester boat that met all the requirements for safety and sustainability in the collection of algae under the conditions in Breiðafjörður.
In August 2017, Sigri 9057 was launched in Stykkishólmur. Multiple measures of sustainability have been made and it passes all requirements. Sigri has all the required permits for harvesting seaweed in the coast of Iceland.
At the beginning of 2022, there were changes in the group of shareholders and from that time the production of Asco Harvester started on sustainable harvest and the production of quality materials from algae.
Keen to enter into cooperation of more processed products, intially starting with dried seaweed and products for animal feed. There has been a great improvement in technology to produce the liquid we include in our product development.
Asco Harvesters algae processing is not limited to one type of algae, but Asco plans to continue to develop collection and processing, conduct product development with the algae flora that grows or will be raised in Breiðafjörður and can be harvested in a sustainable way.
Algae is the most important consumer of CO2 on our planet, 1 kilogram of algae biomass is able to store around 2 kilograms of CO2 while simultaneously releasing 1.6 kilograms of oxygen.
Asco Harvester is owned by three families each bringing their expertise into the project. The founders with good technical knowledge in sourcing and production, the “locals” with ownership in land and connections within the community and the entreprenures with know how and connections into environmental certified food production.