Nearly 70,000 fish escaped from fish farms in Norway last year

Salmon fish farmPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Just under 70,000 fish are reported to have escaped from Norwegian fish farms in 2021. 

70,000 was a substantial increase from 2020, when just over 43,000 escaped fish were reported. However, it is still significantly lower than in 2019, when close to 270,000 fish escaped, IntraFish reports.

“In general, we see that a majority of the incidents occur in connection with work operations,” senior adviser Monika Haugland in the coastal and aquaculture department in the Directorate of Fisheries stated.

The biggest incident was reported in Trøndelag in mid-August, when Salmonor reported that around 39,000 fish escaped. Around 13,000 fish have been recaptured, while an estimated 26,000 fish are still at large.

“The Directorate of Fisheries received many reports about catches all the way north to Vefsn,” Haugland said.

Source : NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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