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Twenty tons of cod die

Twenty tons of cod died inside breeding holds in Grundarfjördur in west Iceland on Tuesday. The fish are thought to have died of either lack of oxygen or sulphur pollution.

The cod belonged to fish breeding company Gudmundur Runólfsson hf. Representatives of the company believe the cod suffocated and blame the lack of oxygen in the water on a large school of herring, which has been in the fjord outside the holds since October. Ruv.is reports.

According to ruv.is, such a large stock of fish has never died because of lack of oxygen in Iceland before. It is more common in warmer waters.

Hédinn Valdimarsson, marine biologist at the Icelandic Marine Research Institute, is one of four expert investigating the accident. He believes there could be several other explanations for the large loss, including sulphur pollution.

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