The purpose of Hafið is to create a platform for the collaboration between privatecompanies, public and private institutions, local and national authorities and research institutes.
Hafið aims to raise awareness and highlight the importance of ocean related issues.The platform hosts collaborative projects.Hafið (originally Oceana) was founded at the Arctic Circle conference in Iceland the 31st October 2014 by 14 private firms, public institutes and industry federations that acknowledge the need to join forces for the benefit of the ocean.
In the first year of operation, a considerable number of parties have joined the platform and a number of parties have shown interest.
Sigríður Ragna Sverrisdóttir is general manager and co- founder of Hafið – Center of Excellence for Sustainable Use and Conservation of the Ocean. Ms. Sverrisdóttir is a Geographer and Cartographer with extensive experience sailing the big seas, including in the Arctic and Antarctic. Sigríður has studied the Law of the Sea, amongst other ocean related studies. She has participated in several international projects and coordinates Hafið´s work.