Denmark halts aquaculture development over environment concerns

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Denmark said on Monday it will stop development of its fish farming industry at sea, which has widely been criticised for its harmful impact on the environment.

“Denmark has reached the limit of the number of fish that can be raised at sea without endangering the environment… We must be a green pioneer, including fish farming,” Environment Minister Lea Wermelin said in a statement.

The move means that the government will put an end to developing new aquaculture projects in the country but its 19 existing fish farms will not be affected.

The measure has been hailed by environmental groups who deplore the pollution caused by aquaculture production.