Thousands of salmon escape cages in Norway

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The Local - [email protected] • 15 Apr, 2014 Updated Tue 15 Apr 2014 12:24 CEST
Thousands of salmon escape cages in Norway

More than 47,000 salmon have escaped their cages in the Ålfjorden north of Stavanger, fuelling environmentalist fears that Norway's salmon farming industry will destroy wild salmon stocks and weaken the natural gene pool.


The escape, from a farm owned by Alsaker Fjordbruk, was the fifth reported in the last two months. 
Kurt Oddekalv, from Green Warriors of Norway, told Bergens Tidende that he believed salmon farmers hugely underreported escapes. 
"Salmon farmers are now being fined for escapes, so they have good reasons for reporting as few as possible," he said. "Remember that there's only a net between farmed fish and the high seas. Farmed salmon is destroying wild salmon stocks and natural genetic diversity." 


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