Fish Farming Set to Increase in East Iceland

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Fish Farming Set to Increase in East Iceland

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Reyðarfjörður. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Two aqua farming companies in the East Fjords, Fiskeldi Austurlands and Laxar fiskeldi, are preparing to have environment impact assessments carried out to help determine whether their operations can be expanded.

Fiskeldi Austurlands runs a salmon farm in Berufjörður fjord and is planning to enlarge the farm there and to open another in Fáskrúðsfjörður, which would increase the production capacity by 13,000 tons to 24,000 tons per year, Morgunblaðið reports.

Laxar fiskeldi, which also practices salmon farming, currently has a license for 6,000 tons in Reyðarfjörður. The company aims to release the first spawns next spring and then expand its operations by 10,000 tons.

The East Fjords are considered to be optimal for aqua farming. In recent years, aqua farming has been built up in the southern West Fjords, having a positive impact on the local economy.

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