Björk’s new song will help to fight salmon farming
Björk, Iceland’s best known international pop star, has continued her campaign against salmon farming in her country by dedicating her latest song to the cause.
Working once again with the Spanish singer Rosalia, she said all the proceeds would go towards the fight against fish farming and open pen farming in particular.
Björk has accused Norwegian companies, in particular, of destroying large areas of Iceland’s fjords and the marine life they contain.
“Fish farming must stop – and we will make it stop”, she said last week.
The singer had promised two months ago she would release a new song when she publicly backed some 2,000 people gathered in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik to protest against open pen farming.
The song “Oral” has been released on the One Little Independent Records, with a video featuring the two singers squaring off with samurai swords. The proceeds will go to support a lawsuit against fish farming, initiated by a group of people in the town of Seyðisfjörður on Iceland’s east coast, close where aquaculture expansion is planned.
At least two recent polls have shown that a majority of Icelanders are against aquaculture in the country’s fjords despite the strong economic benefits the industry is bringing to the country.
However, most of the opposition appears to come from urban areas far from where fish farms are located.
The inhabitants of the Westfjords, for example, where much of the expansion is taking place, are generally in in favour because it has brought prosperity to remote areas.
It is also netting a great deal of foreign currency from exports and revenues in extra taxes for the Icelandic exchequer.