Fresh trouble for afflicted farm
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.