Shock as Ice­land salmon farm­ing li­cences re­voked

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TWO Ice­landic coastal com­mu­ni­ties have ex­pressed dis­may af­ter li­cences to al­low a ma­jor ex­pan­sion of fish farm­ing were sud­denly re­voked.

Late last year, the Ice­landic Food Ad­min­is­tra­tion gave the green light to the com­pa­nies Fjarðar­lax (owned by Arnarlax) and the Arc­tic Sea Farm to pro­duce up to 17,500 tonnes of salmon in Pa­treks­fjor­dur and Tálk­nafjörður, both in the West­fjords re­gion.

But the coun­try’s En­vi­ron­men­tal and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Com­plaints Com­mit­tee has just over­turned that de­ci­sion. It ar­gued that an en­vi­ron­men­tal assess­ment by the com­pa­nies and the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s plan­ning agency on the im­pact of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ments did not have a suf­fi­ciently sound ba­sis or the right in­for­ma­tion.

Fjarðar­lax had planned to de­velop fa­cil­i­ties to pro­duce 10,700 tonnes of salmon, while Arc­tic Sea Farm had been granted a li­cence for 6,800 tonnes. Both com­pa­nies are thought to be seek­ing le­gal ad­vice.

The rul­ing has brought a sharp re­sponse from the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties, which to­gether barely num­ber 1,100 in­hab­i­tants.

They said in a state­ment that the de­ci­sion would have ‘an enor­mous im­pact on em­ploy­ment and busi­ness’ in the area.

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