CHEFS’ PROTEST

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports -

The res­ig­na­tion of 14 lead­ing chefs has forced Ice­land’s na­tional chefs’ as­so­ci­a­tion to ter­mi­nate its spon­sor­ship deal with a salmon-farm­ing com­pany. The Na­tional Chef’s Club had struck a deal with Nor­we­gian firm Arnarlax, which farms salmon in open-net pens in the ocean. The chefs, who have in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tions, walked out of the club’s Na­tional Culi­nary team, which seeks to strengthen culi­nary pro­fes­sion­al­ism and pro­mote Ice­landic food. Mas­ter chef Sturla Bir­gis­son, first to leave the club, said, “It is sad to think that at the same time as many of the best restau­rants of Ice­land have joined forces to pro­tect Ice­landic na­ture and the ecosys­tem by declar­ing that they only of­fer wild salmon, the Chef’s Club has wil­fully per­mit­ted it­self to be de­ceived by the prom­ise of money to shill for a Nor­we­gian-owned salmon farm that pro­duces salmon in open-net pens in the sea.” The protest­ing chefs say they are not against aqua­cul­ture and sup­port the use of closed-net pens and land-based farms, which are much less harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment than open cages. If only UK and Ir­ish chefs would take a sim­i­larly re­spon­si­ble stance...

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