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Iceland exploring risks of wild, farmed salmon interaction

The country is rapidly ramping up its salmon farming industry.

Iceland's minister of fisheries and agriculture, Kristján Þór Júlíusson, announced a seminar on risk assessment for possible genetic interaction between farmed salmon and natural salmon stocks in Iceland.

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The Marine Research Institute first issued the risk assessment in July 2017. The Minister recently submitted a bill to the Icelandic parliament on amendments to various aquaculture legislation, which proposes that the risk assessment be legalized and that it be reviewed this summer.

During the seminar, the risk assessment and the work behind it will be reviewed, as will the next steps in its development.

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