Bakkafrost salmon harvest, feed sales increase in Q1
Faroe Islands-based salmon producer Bakkafrost Group harvested 13,700 metric tons (MT) of gutted weight fish in the first-quarter of this year, representing a 1,500 MT increase compared with the corresponding period of 2018.
The contribution to the total from the company’s farming operations in the north of the Faroes amounted to 6,700 MT (up from 2,700 MT in Q1 2018), while its farms in the west supplied 7,000 MT (down from 9,500 MT).
Bakkafrost also sold 16,300 MT of feed in the last quarter, compared with 13,900 MT in Q1 2017.
In 2018, the company harvested a total 44,519 MT of salmon, down from 54,615 MT in 2017 and 47,542 MT in 2016.
With 1,500 MT of harvest moved from 2018 to 2019, it expects a harvest of 54,500 MT (gutted weight) this year. Of this, 86 percent will be certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), in line with the company’s plan to eventually have all of its farming sites adhering to the standard.
Photo courtesy of Bakkafrost