Fresh trou­ble for af­flicted farm

Fish Farmer - - European News -

A NOR­WE­GIAN salmon farmer al­ready badly hit by the al­gae cri­sis re­ported an es­cape at one of its af­flicted farms. Nord­laks said the es­cape was a re­sult of a hole in a newt. The com­pany lost a re­ported 1,506 tonnes of salmon -- around 1.2 mil­lion 1.3kg sized fish -- from the al­gae bloom in just four days. The losses would have equated to 5,500 tonnes of fish at mar­ket size. Mean­while, Cer­maq saw a new at­tack of al­gae at its site in Ofoten, Salmon Busi­ness re­ported at the begin­ning of June. The farmer re­port­edly lost about 50,000 fish with an av­er­age weight of 3kg in the lat­est set­back. There had been about two mil­lion fish be­fore the al­gal bloom, but the site has now lost all its fish. In a large-scale res­cue op­er­a­tion be­fore the new at­tack, Cer­maq suc­cess­fully com­pleted an evac­u­a­tion of four mil­lion fish from three lo­ca­tions in Nord­land. Al­to­gether, the com­pany has lost ap­prox­i­mately 2.8 mil­lion fish, or 3,500 tonnes of biomass, af­ter the toxic al­gae bloom, ac­cord­ing to Salmon Busi­ness.

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