Emergency harvests in Iceland as Norwegian-owned salmon farmers forced into action
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Published Nov 2, 2023
Mowi-controlled Arctic Fish and SalMar-backed Arnarlax have had to prematurely harvest over 1,000 metric tons of farmed salmon due to a sea lice infestation in their farms in Iceland. The salmon are so damaged that they can only be used for animal feed. The infestation has also led to the death of many salmon, causing environmental concerns and raising questions about the operations of salmon farming conglomerates in Iceland.
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Mowi-controlled Arctic Fish and SalMar-backed Arnarlax have been forced to prematurely harvest more than 1,000 metric tons of farmed salmon in recent weeks, according to Icelandic media, salmon so damaged it can only be used for animal feed. Arctic Fish confirmed the "difficult situation" on Facebook late Wednesday night, saying sea lice have increased rapidly at its site in Talknafjordur in Iceland's southern Westfjords, on the northwest coast of the country. The post said the problem has led to fish being injured, and in response the company decided to remove a "large portion" of its production in the farm. "Conditions in Talknafjordur have deteriorated quickly, and unfortunately it takes time to take out the fish that has been hurt," wrote Arctic Fish, adding that it it takes the issue very seriously and is working as fast as possible to remove the fish for feed processing. Arnarlax, meanwhile, recognized the problem in an Oct. 27 news release, saying there has been a ...