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Björk teases collaboration with Rosalía to help the fight against fish farming in Iceland

05 October 2023, 16:55 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Icelandic icon Björk has teamed up with Spanish singer/songwriter Rosalía to share a new single with all proceeds being donated to help cover legal costs for residents protesting Fiskeldi Austfjarða’s plan to build a fish farm on Seyðisfjörður.

Björk shared a snippet of the song to her socials, and wrote a heartfelt caption about why she came together with Rosalía to write the track, which opens up with the lyrics: "Is that the right thing to do? / I just don't know."

"People at the fjord Seyðisfjörður have stood up and protested against fish farming starting there. We would like to donate sales of the song to help with their legal fees, and hopefully it can be an exemplary case for others," Björk shared. "Iceland has the biggest untouched nature in Europe and still today it has its sheep roaming free in the mountains in the summers, its fish has swum free in our lakes, rivers and fjords, so when Icelandic and Norwegian business men started buying fish farms in the majority of our fjords, it was a big shock and rose up as the main topic this summer. We don't understand how they had been able to do this for a decade with almost no regulations stopping them."

As reported by Iceland Review, there is planned works for a 10,000 tonne salmon farm in the fjord, which residents are protesting.

Benedikta Guðrún Svavarsdóttir and Bergný Guðmundsdóttir, who run the hostel Hafaldan in Seyðisfjörður, are behind the petition. They have been making the rounds to collect signatures and say that it has been going well. “The vast majority of people said thank you for coming and signed,” Benedikta stated. “The had informed themselves on the matter and were quite adamant that this was not the future of Seyðisfjörður. Not of benefit to Seyðisfjörður.”

Björk adds that their work over the last decade "has already had devastating effect on wildlife and the farmed fish are suffering in horrid health conditions. Since a lot of them have escaped, they have started changing the DNA in the Icelandic salmon to the worse, and could eventually lead to its extinction." As such, they would like to "help invent and set strict regulations into Iceland's legal system to guard nature."

Björk reveals that her collaboration with Rosalía will be released later this month.

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