ALGAL bloom suspected of causing death of ~750,000 500g-salmon “within a couple of hours” on Bakkafrost’s farming site A-81 Kolbanagjógv

Bakkafrost reported on Sunday (September 23, 2018) that it recorded elevated mortality level at farming site A-81 Kolbanagjógv on 20 September 2018. Approximately 750 thousand fish with an average weight of 500 gramme live weight died within a couple of hours. The fish at farming site A-81 Kolbanagjógv was released into the sea in June – August 2018.

It has not been possible to confirm the cause of the incident, but algae phaeocystis, pseudo-nitzscia and heterosigma were registered in the sea at farming site A-81 Kolbanagjógv on 20 September 2018, and the algae are suspected to have caused the mortality incident on 20 September 2018. It has also been confirmed that prior to and while the incident occurred, manure has been sprayed as fertilizer onto the infield only 200 meters from the farming site A-81 Kolbanagjógv. Continuous examinations are being done to confirm the cause of the sudden and short mortality incident.

Farming activity has been at the farming site A-81 Kolbanagjógv for the past 30 years, and there has never been a similar incident. Bakkafrost has not observed any similar situations at other farming sites in recent days.

Bakkafrost will be finished taking all the dead fish out of the sea at farming site A-81 Kolbanagjógv tomorrow, and nothing abnormal has been registered since 20 September 2018. Bakkafrost has people monitoring the situation closely at farming site A-81 Kolbanagjógv. The fish at farming site A-81 Kolbanagjógv is insured.

Source: Bakkafrost PR (23.09.2018) ‘BAKKAFROST: High Mortality at Farming Site A-81 Kolbanagjógv’