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In Iceland, the salmon of discord

2024-02-20T10:14:17.843Z

Highlights: In Seyðisfjörður, in the east of the country, voices are raised against “open net” salmon farms. An aquaculture law must regulate the practice, but some activists are calling for it to be banned outright. Angling remains one of the main arguments for attracting tourists to this remote corner. These are enclosures at sea… This article is reserved for subscribers. You have 84% left to discover. Flash sale -70% on digital subscription I ENJOY IT Already subscribed? Log in.


REPORT – In Seyðisfjörður, in the east of the country, voices are raised against “open net” salmon farms. An aquaculture law must regulate the practice, but some activists are calling for it to be banned outright.


White is everywhere, as far as the eye can see in the sky, in the reflection of the water, on the tops of the fir trees.

It is midday but nothing is moving in Seyðisfjörður, a small village in eastern Iceland surrounded by hills and smothered by meters of snow.

For dozens of kilometers around, there are only valleys, rocks, and above all, rivers and fjords.

In these frozen waters, the king animal for centuries has been the salmon.

Angling remains one of the main arguments for attracting tourists to this remote corner.

From the capital Reikjavik, it takes 8 to 9 hours to drive, in sometimes dire weather conditions.

Those who venture there do so motivated by the promise of finding nature untouched by any human footprint.

But today, according to the inhabitants of Seyðisfjörður, this fragile ecosystem is threatened.

In question, an “open net”

fish farming project

which should be established in the waters of the fjord.

These are enclosures at sea…

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