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July 28, 2014, 9:41 am
A poisonous algae bloom is thought to have caused the sudden death of several hundred thousand salmon at a farm belonging to Norway Royal Salmon in Kokelv in Finnmark, northern Norway.
On July 28, NRS said some 650 to 750 metric tons of salmon had suddenly died at the site.
The incident will cost the company approximately NOK 18 million to NOK 22m, which will be reflected in its third quarter results.
NRS said the fish weighed an average 2.4 kilos, suggesting some 270,000 to 312,500 fish died in the incident.
The cause is probably a poisonous algae blooming for the fish in this area,said the company in a notice to the Oslo stock exchange.
Mortality at the site is now almost back to normal levels, it said.
The fish were scheduled to be harvested at the end of 2014 and in early 2015.
This incident may decrease the harvest volume in this period by about 500 – 700 [metric tons] compared to prior estimated,said NRS.
Source: Undercurrent News