Norwegian royals trigger Argentine salmon-farming deal

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A delegation travelling with the King and Queen of Norway has reportedly signed an agreement with Argentinian officials that’ll start studies into salmon-farming possibilities in the South American country, writes Argentine newspaper, Clarin.

The newspaper reported that a fish-farm will be installed in the southern province of Santa Cruz as well as in the Beagle Canal that cuts through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago on the southernmost tip of South America. Local officials have reportedly confirmed the plans.

“Work is underway to establish a facility that will delver between 20,000 and 50,000 tonnes of salmon a year,” a government official said, adding that mapping work will start within two months. Among the facets being explored is how the area can sustain aquaculture.

The newspaper also reported that Chilean industry organization, SalmonChile, will contribute to the work.

For now, about 8,000 tonnes of salmon worth USD 62 million are imported every year from neighbouring Chile, and the goal for Argentina is to be self-sufficient. The newspaper said that increasing sushi consumption in the country has made salmon more commonplace.

Clarin, however, has also reported that the plans have already raised eyebrows among local environmental activists.