Q2 harvest falls by half for Norway Royal Salmon
Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) harvested 4,400 gutted weight tonnes of fish in the second quarter of this year, less than half the 9,703 gwt harvested in the same period last year.
Harvest in Norway was 3,400 gwt (Q2, 2021: 7,879 tonnes) and 1,000 gwt (1,824 gwt) was harvested in Iceland.
In its report for the first quarter of 2022, NRS reduced its expected harvest volume for the year from 35,000 to 32,000 gwt due to accelerated harvesting in that period. This was carried out for welfare reasons due to a significant amount of winter wounds on large fish.
56% biomass drop in Iceland
Biomass in the sea in Iceland decreased by 6,129 tonnes (56%) in Q1 due to high harvesting volumes and extraordinary mortality due to circulation issues in the cages, suboptimal gill conditions, and heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI) that is considered as endemic in Iceland.
Limitations on harvesting capacity increased the loss for the company, both as a preventive measure and to reduce the loss when the situation occurred.
NRS is merging with Norwegian salmon farmer SalmoNor as part of a takeover of aquaculture and wellboats company NTS ASA by salmon farming giant SalMar. NTS owns 100% of SalmoNor and two thirds of NRS, and SalMar has secured a controlling interest in NTS.