Bakkafrost salmon harvest increases in first quarter
Faroese salmon producer Bakkafrost Group harvested 13,200 metric tons (MT) of gutted weight fish in the first quarter of this year, up from 10,934 MT in the corresponding period of 2016.
The contribution to the total from the company’s farming operations in the north of the Faroes amounted to 9,100 MT, while its farms in the west supplied 4,100 MT.
Bakkafrost also sold 19,500 MT of feed in the last quarter.
In March, Bakkafrost made the decision to harvest all of its remaining fish at its farming site A-73 Hvannasund Nordur due to the suspected presence of pathogenic infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) virus. It was later confirmed that ISA was indeed present and the site will be left to fallow for at least six months once it is empty.
Because of the early harvest, the total expected harvest volume for 2017 has been reduced by around 2,000 MT to 53,500 MT.