Fish Farmer

Cod mortality ‘was not disease’


THE Norwegian cod farming company Statt Torsk which suffered the loss of more than 48,000 cod last month, says tests have shown no sign of fish disease.

A full report was sent to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority following the incident at the company’s site at Stokkenese­t which affected two of its three pens.

Statt Torsk (sometimes referred to as Stadt Torsk) said it has received negative results on all its tests for disease, which underpins its earlier belief that external factors caused the sudden mass death. There was no indication of any other biological issues.

Given the way the fish died, the company says, the most likely explanatio­n for the mortality, is that they were somehow frightened, possibly by the appearance of a large predator.

Statt Torsk says: “Such accidents are regarded as very rare and are not connected to a specific species in fish farming.”

It adds: “The incident will not result in any change or delay in the company’s plans and ambitions.”

The news will come as a big relief to this company which made its debut on the EuroNext Growth market three months ago when it raised NOK 115m (just over £9m).

 ??  ?? Below: Statt Torsk cod farm
Below: Statt Torsk cod farm

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