Reduced Norwegian salmon harvest for SalMar
Kverva, Norway-headquartered salmon farming group SalMar harvested 40,300 metric tons (MT) of gutted fish in the final quarter of last year, a slight decrease of 200 MT compared to the record volume produced in the corresponding period of 2018.
However, it should be noted that SalMar’s Q4 2018 figures did not include salmon harvested by its Icelandic subsidiary Arnarlax. It increased its holding of shares in the company to more than 50 percent in the first-quarter of 2019.
The group’s farming operations in central Norway produced 24,400 MT of salmon in the last quarter, down from 28,200 MT in Q4 2018, while its northern Norway sites provided 13,400 MT, up from 12,200 MT.
Arnarlax, which is Iceland’s largest producer and processor of farmed salmon, contributed 2,600 MT.
Previously, SalMar had forecast a total Norwegian salmon harvest of 145,000 MT for 2019, increasing to 152,000 MT in 2020. In Iceland, it had projected a 10,000 MT harvest for 2019 and this year.
SalMar’s full fourth-quarter 2019 results will be published on 26 February.