Salmon escapes seem to be an ongoing problem in the Norwegian industry. So far this year, there were more than 30 reports of escapes identified by the directorate of fisheries, which equates to 280,000 individuals.
Early in the month, it was estimated that about 10,000 salmon had escaped from the municipality of Gulen after a hole was identified in the net, which is believed to have been made by a boat propeller. However, this number has been revised up, with the company anticipating about 7,000 more and confirming that the escaped fish were suffering from pancreas disease.
Norway’s fisheries minister is asking salmon farmers to implement measures to reduce the number of escapes, following bad periods of fish losses. The aim is to achieve a zero salmon getaway.
This is one of the many issues the industry has faced this year. For instance, the massive algae bloom during spring, which hit farms in the northern regions of the country, resulting in Mintec Norwegian salmon prices increasing by 8% in just (08th May - 15th May).
The outcome of these escapes on Norwegian salmon prices is yet to be seen; however, anticipations are for prices to pick up slightly in the next month of October.