Big jump in global salmon output in ‘12

Global farmed salmon production is expected to approach 1.65 billion metric tons in 2012, according to a Marine Harvest presentation at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday.

As part of the annual event’s Investor Seminar, Marine Harvest, the world’s largest farmed salmon producer, laid out its fourth-quarter and year-end financial results as well as addressed the supply situation, which it has accurately described as “challenging.”

After hovering around 1.3 billion metric tons in 2008, 2009 and 2010, global farmed salmon production reached 1.45 billion metric tons in 2011 and is predicted to easily top 1.6 billion metric tons this year.

The majority of the growth will, of course, come from Chile, which is booming after recovering from the infectious salmon anemia outbreak of 2007 and 2008.


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