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The number of smolts transferred to sea in the first ten months of the year was lower than during the same period in 2013 and 2014 - proof that the industry is trying to reduce production due to the challenging economic situation.

Up to October this year, stockings of all salmonid species totalled 188.9 million smolts - an 8 per cent decrease compared to the same period in 2014 (205.4 million smolts).

According to figures from Aquabench and reported by Multiexport, the breakdown by species shows an 8 per cent decline in coho smolt transfers, which totalled 46.7 million up to October this year; a 2 per cent reduction in Atlantic salmon, down to 111.7 million smolts; and a 25 per cent fall in trout, down to 30.4 million fingerlings.

Atlantic salmon harvests are expected to be reduced by 1% in 2016, to about 592,000 tonnes, according to figures from ABG Sundal Collier, Kontali and Multiexport.