About farm transactions

In a letter to the editor in Bændabladid’s (The Farmers’ Newspaper) latest edition (19 March 2020), Gísli Ásgeirsson, Strengur’s CEO, talks about the Six Rivers Conservation Project, farm transactions, and limits to farm transactions proposed by the Prime Minister.

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The Six Rivers Atlantic Salmon Conservation Project is an environmental initiative of global significance, established by Sir Jim Ratcliffe. It builds on the decades of conservation work by the Strengur Angling Club, founded in 1959, the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI) Iceland and Imperial College London (UK).

The Atlantic salmon is disappearing across the Northern Hemisphere and nobody knows why. Scientists and communities working on the Six Rivers conservation project in North East Iceland hope they can find out by researching the simplest of all the ecosystems where the fish live. Building knowledge from the simpler systems of Iceland could provide clues for the more complex ecologies around the world. Success in Iceland will provide learnings that can be used across the world.

The project’s emphasis is unique as it serves to preserve land and river systems in North East Iceland and maintaining the spawning grounds of the North Atlantic Salmon in the area.

The project is of ambitious scale with substantial investment undertaken in research, development and conservation of the wild salmon to help protect the last safe haven for North Atlantic Salmon.

“This work is vital to understanding what is happening to the Atlantic salmon and what more can be done to protect it. Once we have this information, we can start to put in place measures that will help the salmon not only survive but thrive.” – Gisli Asgeirsson CEO Strengur

Financing the project is British businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe. All his focus in Iceland is on behalf, and to further the conservation effort. Work connected to the project is managed by Strengur Angling Club in Iceland. In addition to direct contribution from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, all profits from Strengur are now being re-invested back into salmon conservation in North East Iceland. These conservation projects will continue to protect these pristine rivers, extending the spawning grounds, working with the farmers and communities to protect the local habitat.

“I am determined to do everything I can to help protect this magnificent fish which is getting perilously close to extinction. I believe that the Six Rivers Conservation Project informed by the Imperial College and MFRI research will help salmon thrive in these waters, not just in the short term but for generations to come.” – Sir Jim Ratcliffe

The ultimate goal is to ensure that the project becomes self-sustaining, and in a position to go on into the future, for the benefit of the rivers’ environment in the North East of Iceland and the salmon itself.