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Anger at marine research institute salmon farm advice

24.03.2020 - 16:37
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 Mynd: Jóhannes Jónsson - RUV.is
Iceland’s marine research institute recommends in new advice that salmon farming in the East Fjords nearly double, and that allowable salmon farming limits in the Westfjords be increased by 14,500 tonnes.

Salmon farming is not currently permitted in Önundarfjörður or Ísafjarðardjúp in the Westfjords, but the institute now recommends permitting 12,000 tonnes of salmon farming per year in Ísafjarðardjúp and 2,500 tonnes in Önundarfjörður. 

The new advice also recommends salmon farming be permitted in Seyðisfjörður in the East Fjords for the first time, up to 6,500 tonnes; as well as a near doubling of limits in Fáskrúðsfjörður and Reyðarfjörður; giving a total of around 30,000 tonnes. 

Under the new proposal, salmon farming in Iceland would increase by around 20 percent and go over 100,000 tonnes a year for the first time. 

“If Ísafjarðardjúp is opened to the farming of fertile salmon, it would be a dark day in the history of nature conservation in Iceland. The national association of angling clubs will seek out all means possible to prevent that happening,” a statement from the national association says in response. 

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