The Icelandic Food Agency granted whitefish giant Samherji an increase on its operating permit for its land-based aquaculture operation in Grindavik, from the current 1,600 metric tons to nearly double at 3,000 metric tons for salmon and char.

The proposal was announced by the agency on Sept. 6, but the application was made back in December 2017.

According to the agency, the new operating license can still be appealed by the Environmental and Natural Resources Appeals Committee by Jan.