Salmon farming is a potential source of jobs and export revenue for the Falkland Islands. In 1985 a pilot project at Fox Bay demonstrated suitable environmental conditions for farming Atlantic salmon, and the Marine Farming Ordinance of 2006 established the potential to allow the licensing of fish farms in the Islands. However understanding or predicting the potential environmental and social repercussions of introducing salmon farming into a new location is challenging yet is essential for sustainable development within the unique environment and culture of the Falkland Islands.
In 2018 an independent report (the ‘Bridson report’) into the environmental and social challenges and opportunities relating to salmon farming in the Falklands Islands for the Falklands Conservation, which is now publicly available via their website. In May 2019 the Falkland Islands Fishing Companies Association (FIFCA) requested Poseidon to undertake an independent peer review of the Bridson report.