Einar Falur Ingólfsson benti á nýja mjög athyglisverða grein í NYT um laxeldi í Noregi þar sem segir meðal annars: “Mr. Braanaas conceded that the Norwegian salmon farming industry has “made a lot of mistakes.” But he insisted there were many fewer problems there than in other parts of the world, like Chile, where he said that regulation is lighter and “greed takes over.”

Og Einar Falur bendir á að hér sé “sama auma regluverkið og í Chile. Þessvegna flykkjast norsku verksmiðjurnar nú til Íslands, til að hámarka gróða sinn, lausir við strangari reglur heima, og af fullkomnu virðingarleysi fyrir íslenskri náttúru.”

Skv. New York Times:

“Norwegian fish farmers face new curbs designed to protect the country’s stocks of wild salmon, rules that have ignited anger from the industry and its opponents, prompting threats of court challenges from both sides.

The wild Norwegian salmon are members of an ancient species that, early in its life cycle, heads down river, swimming through Norway’s famous fjords, and out to saltwater feeding grounds, before returning to their native rivers to spawn.

In recent years, however, the wild salmon population has more than halved, partly because of the spread of sea lice, parasites that feast on the mucus and skin of the fish before moving on to the muscle and fat, making the fish vulnerable to infections and sometimes killing them.

Sea lice, like the salmon, have existed in the ocean for eons but have emerged as a huge problem for the fish farms, where they multiply in such numbers that they kill farmed fish and pose a risk to young wild salmon as they pass the holding pens on their way to the open sea.”