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Arctic Sea Farm, Fjardalax granted temporary operating licenses

The interim licenses granted are subject to certain conditions.

Icelandic salmon farmers Fjardalax and Arctic Sea Farm have been granted temporary operating licenses for 10 months for salmon farming in Patreksfjordur and Tálknafjörður.

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The Food and Veterinary Authority had granted operating licenses to the companies at the end of 2017, but after an appeal to the Environmental and Natural Resources Complaints Committee was upheld, there were fears they could be revoked.

With amendments to the country's Aquaculture Act last month, government officials were authorized to issue a temporary operating license for up to 10 months after receiving the opinion of the Icelandic Food Administration.

When assessing a license for the Arctic Sea Farm and Fjardalax, requests were received from the Icelandic Food Administration, Regional Development Agency, Planning Agency and the Environment Agency.

At the same time, opponents were given the opportunity to express their views.

The interim licenses granted are subject to certain conditions.

For example, the Icelandic Food Administration shall monitor the number of exposed salmonids, while the licensee is responsible for monitoring and research to assess the ecological effects in the immediate environment.

The licensee is also obliged to use genetic engineering to trace origin to certain marine aquaculture stations.

In addition, the companies must begin to remedy the problems that the Environmental and Natural Resources Complaints Committee identified during the process of issuing the operating license.

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