Reference image of a Bakkafrost site in the Faroes. The company will carry out an early harvest of a million fish with an average weight of 2.6 kg from its A-19 Vágur site after ISA was found in fish in two pens there.

ISA discovered at Bakkafrost site in the Faroes

Salmon farmer reduces estimated 2024 harvest volumes by 2,000-3,000 gutted weight tonnes due to early harvest


Bakkafrost has announced that the presence of infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAv) has been found following tests on fish in two pens at its A-19 Vágur site in the Faroe Islands. The full site has 1.0 million fish in total, with an average weight of 2.6 kg.

“Strict measures have been implemented to contain the virus and prevent further spread,” said Bakkafrost, which farms salmon in the Faroes and Scotland.

“The two affected pens will be harvested out immediately and the full site will be harvested out within two months, in line with Faroese regulation. Consequently, estimates show that harvest volumes for 2024 will be reduced with 2,000-3,000 tonnes gutted weight by the accelerated harvest of the entire farming site A-19 Vágur.”