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Let nature have the benefit of the doubt

Let’s encourage Iceland’s government to lay the foundation for sustainable fish farming in closed containment or land-based farms.

Open net

Open net pen

  • Pollutes Ecosystem
  • Pesticide & chemical use
  • Sea lice epidemics
  • Genetic contamination
  • Many escapees
  • High mortality rates
Closed containment conditions

Close Containment

  • Minimal Pollution
  • Minimal Chemicals
  • No sea lice
  • Minimal Environmental Impact
  • No escapes
  • Animal welfare
  • Premium Product

“I’ve personally witnessed the damage to our oceans that open net salmon farms have caused in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Norway. They are also producing a toxic product that should never be eaten by humans or even our pets. We already know that there are better ways to farm, but will we have the imagination and courage to do the right thing for our home planet?”

— Yvon Chouinard (Founder & Owner, Patagonia, Inc.)

Sea Lice

Sea Lice

Sea lice attach to and feed on Atlantic salmon and other related species, such as trout and char. It is not uncommon for wild salmon to have sea lice to some extent, but when thousands of salmon are placed in an open net pen, it creates ideal conditions for the lice to multiply. Sea lice feed on the mucus, blood, and skin of salmon, eating fins, eroding skin, and causing constant bleeding and deep open wounds—sometimes killing the fish.

Open net pens provide no barrier to the outside environment, giving sea lice easy access to wild fish. Salmon smolts are small and especially vulnerable to sea lice. Entire stocks of wild salmon have become nearly extinct due to close proximity to open sea cages infested with sea lice.

What can we learn from Norway?

In Norway it is estimated that the wild salmon population currently consists of only 530,000 fish. The population has halved in the last 20 years and fish farming in open net pens is considered the largest man-made threat to wild stocks.

Norway is the largest producer of farmed salmon in the world, with a yearly production of 1.2 million tonnes. The industry has had catastrophic environmental impacts in Norway, with reported annual escapes from farms of approximately 200,000 fish – four times the wild population i