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Norway algae crisis LIVE: Leroy reports morality at two sites

Follow IntraFish's up to the minute coverage of the devastating algal bloom impacting northern Norway's salmon farms.

June 5, 2019, 10:06 CET

Leroy reports mortality onsite

The ongoing algal bloom in Northern Norway has now hit four new sites in Troms, three of them owned by public-listed company Leroy.

According to the Directorate of Fisheries, hundreds of salmon were found dead at the Aurora sites. Read more...

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June 4, 2019, 9:18 CET

Mortality reported in Ofotfjorden

No algae-related mortality has been reported in Troms, however, some discoloration appears in a number of the sites in the area.

The concentration of algae in the the inner part of Ofotfjorden, Nordland remains high, while the west has lower amounts.

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June 2, 2019, 14:12 CET

Algae levels may be falling, authorities remain on standby.

There are signs of lower algae numbers and that the bloom/species is less harmful. High concentrations of algae have continued without causing fish to die and algae bloom may appear in smaller areas, Norway's Fisheries Directorate reports.

Authorities plan to continue to make daily assessments and gradually step down emergency preparedness over the week if the situation improves further.

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May 31, 2019, 9:48 CET

Norwegian algal bloom spreads to new site

Norway's ongoing algal bloom spread to a new site in Nordland -- Stormneset-- on Thursday. Read more...

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May 29, 2019, 10:56 CET

Salmon farmers not to be blamed

Scientists at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research said salmon farmers cannot be blamed for the algal bloom. Read more...

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May 29, 2019, 10:52 CET

Cermaq temporarily lays off 200 workers

Norweigian salmon farmer Cermaq issued layoff notice to workers amid rising pressures of the algal bloom that spread over the past two weeks. Read more...

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May 29, 2019, 10:17 CET

Algae now becoming 'less toxic'

Researchers at the Marine Research Institute said the Chrysochromulina leadbeateri bloom spreading in northern Norway is "becoming less harmful," but that it is impossible to know for how long the bloom will last.

"In other blooms we have observed that the algae have less of an impact on fish during the ‘tail’ of the bloom," said Lars-Johan Naustvoll, an expert on algae.

“We can see signs of that happening now: in some areas there is now roughly as much algae as there was in areas where fish died, but fewer fish are dying in these new areas."

The duration will depend on the environmental conditions, he said, adding that when these are no longer optimal for the algae it will die off.

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May 28, 2019, 15:35 CET

Algae still spreading in Nordland

The Directorate of Fisheries of Norway said Monday there is still a high presence of algae in Norway causing salmon mortalities.

The bloom is still spreading, although it has not hit new farms over the past 24 hours.

"The algae concentration still requires high readiness," the update said.

In Troms, there concentration of the algae is still high, but mortalities slowed down in the area.

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May 27, 2019, 14:34 CET

Monday Update: 7.1 million farmed salmon lost to algal bloom

The algal bloom had wiped out a value of around 7.1 million fish by Sunday May 26, the Norwegian Fisheries Directorate reports.

Losses in Nordland county ran to 3.7 million fish (6,400 metric tons) with Troms having lost 4 million (Troms 6,800 metric tons).

Without specifying figures the directorate said on Monday May 27 that "there is still a spread of fish mortality in Nordland" amid high concentrations of algae in both counties.

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May 24, 2019, 15:54 CET

Friday Update: 7 million farmed salmon lost to algal bloom

The algal bloom has wiped out a value of NOK 800 million (€82.1 million/$91.9 million) worth of farmed salmon till now. Read more...

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May 24 2019, 13:46 CET

Algal bloom drags Norwegian salmon prices down

Norwegian salmon prices going down into the next week as farmers have harvested volumes ahead of time to avoid the impact of the algal bloom. Read more...

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May 24 2019, 05.05 am CET

Kontali on algal bloom: Expect 'drastic changes' to harvest volume

Norwegian aquaculture consultancy agency Kontali Analyse anticipates salmon harvests to drop more than 20,000 metric tons this season because of the algal bloom, its latest report reveals. Read more...

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May 23 2019, 4.58 pm CET

Additional 400 metric tons wiped out by algal bloom

Norway's algal bloom has claimed an additional 400 metric tons of salmon in Nordland, Norway's Directorate of Fisheries said Thursday afternoon local time. Read more...

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May 23 2019, 1.11 pm CET

Norwegian seafood association requests compensation for algal bloom losses

Norwegian industry association Sjømatbedriftenes CEO Robert Eriksson has called on the Norwegian government for a compensation scheme for salmon farmers' hit by the recent algal bloom, especially since agricultural farmers received around NOK 2.5 billion (€256.4 million/$285.6 million) following a brutal drought last year. Read more...

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May 23 2019, 09.21 am CET

IntraFish StockWatch: Investors flip-flop on Norway's algal bloom news

Share prices for Norway's listed salmon producers began to show uncertainty as news broke of the algal bloom impacting salmon farms in northern Norway. Read more...

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May 23 2019, 9.05 am CET

Salmon farmers to lose more than $100m from algal bloom

Insurers only cover about 20 percent of production costs in the event of an algal bloom.

Farmers will have to bear a lot of profit loss in the event, according to Norwegian insurer Gjensidige. Read more...

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May 23 2019, 05.23 am CET

Salmones Camanchaca deploying new anti-algae tech in all farms

Meanwhile, over in Chile, Salmones Camanchaca is implementing a new technology to dissipate algae at all its salmon sites to prevent accidents such as the deadly bloom reported by the company this summer. The industry in Chile is no stranger to the damage that can be done by algal blooms and suffered a similar crisis in 2016. Read more...

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May 23 2019, 05.22 am CET

Analysts on Norway algal bloom: Uncertain, but 'significant' impacts

Speaking to Nordea Markets Senior Analyst Kolbjørn Giskeødegård before the volume update, he noted to IntraFish that mortality rates at the affected sites were "very high."

"[Of the companies reporting losses] it's all from quite marginal to nearly 90 percent." Read more...

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May 22 2019, 2.19 pm CET

Nine companies hit by bloom, 11,600 metric tons of salmon dead

Norway's algal bloom has now claimed 11,600 metric tons of salmon, and is still ongoing, Norway's Directorate of Fisheries said Wednesday in update on the level of mortalities caused by the bloom hitting salmon farms in Troms and Nordland.

The value of the dead biomass amounts to approximately NOK 720 million (€73.7 million/$82.1 million). Read more...

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May 22 2019, 10.43 am CET

SalMar harvests site at risk of being hit by bloom

Norwegian salmon giant SalMar was forced to harvest salmon ahead of time at one of its centers in the vicinity of the spreading algal bloom, Olav-Andreas Ervik, CEO of SalMar, said during the company’s quarterly presentation.

“It is a tragic situation for many farmers,” said Ervik. Read more...

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May 22 2019, 08.49 am CET

Algal bloom likely to have 'significant impact' on global salmon supply

The chrysochromulina leadbeateri algal bloom is likely to have a “significant impact” on salmon supply in the 2019-20 year, according to an update by equity research group ABG Sundal Collier.

The supply reduction could translate into a significant increase in salmon prices. Read more...

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May 21 2019, 2.56 pm CET

Northern Norway algal bloom: Mortality hits 10,000 metric tons

Figures confirm the event is more serious than previously thought as the bloom spreads in Northern Norway. Read more...

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May 20 2019, 4.55 pm CET

Analyst: Algal bloom could wipe out 1% of Norway's salmon biomass

The algal bloom reported in Northern Norway last week is spreading in Nordland and has hit two new sites, according to reports from salmon farmers on Monday. The event is the worst algal bloom in Norway in three decades. Read more...

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May 20 2019, 08.54 am CET

Event slows in Troms, persists in Nordland

After holding meeting with breeders in Nordland and Troms, Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries said the algal bloom affecting sites in Northern Norway that was reported last week is not over.

Over the weekend, reports from salmon farmers said the event is slowing down in Troms, while farms in Nordland are still on high alert. Read more...

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May 15 2019, 11.54am CET

Norwegian salmon farms hit by deadly algal bloom

The Norwegian Fisheries Directorate is reporting an ongoing algal bloom hitting salmon farms in Troms and Nordland.

Salmon farmers in the areas are increasing monitoring and have started to report mortalities at their sites. Cermaq-backed Ballangen Sjøfarm and Nordlaks among those affected. Read more...

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