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Norwegian salmon farm. (Photo: Terje Engoe

About 13,000 tonnes of salmon died due to algae bloom, according to latest estimates

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Saturday, May 25, 2019, 01:40 (GMT + 9)

Roughly 13,000 tonnes, or about 7.5 million farmed salmon have died as a result of the ongoing algae bloom in Nordland and Troms, according to the latest data released by the Directorate of Fisheries.

The authority informed that no mortality has been reported for new farms during the last 24 hours.

"We hope, of course, that the algae bloom is on retreat, but absolutely nothing is taken for granted and full preparedness is therefore in place at the Directorate of Fisheries throughout the weekend," says Communications Director Anette Aase.

A very approximate calculation shows that  Norwegian farmers have lost about NOK 800 million (USD 91.3 million) worth of salmon.

The Directorate of Fisheries says no mortality has been reported in Troms for several days, and that the farmers are cleaning their cages. There is still a spread of mortality in Ofotfjorden, but no problems have been reported in new farms.

The affected companies include Ballangen Sjøfarm, Ellingsen Seafood and Mortenlaks in Nordland, and  South Rollerfish, Northern Lights Salmon, Kleiva Fish Farm, Gratanglaks, Nordlaks and Salaks in Troms.

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