Further growth in aquaculture industry
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Aquaculture (terminated in Statistics Norway)2012, preliminary figures



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Further growth in aquaculture industry

The harvested quantity of aquaculture products reached 1.3 million tonnes in 2012. A 16 per cent increase in produced quantity compared to 2011 confirms the continuing growth in the Norwegian aquaculture industry. Although prices fell in 2012, the total first hand value reached NOK 31 billion.

Aquaculture, preliminary figures
Matfisk (tonn)SharePer centFirst hand valuePer cent
2011 - 2012(NOK million)2011 - 2012
Total1 326 308100.015.930 6685.9
Salmon1 241 48293.616.528 5716.1
Rainbow trout70 4495.320.71 70611.5
Cod10 0160.8-34.4209-21.7
Halibut1 7410.1-37.1133-22.6
Shellfish2 0040.24.011-56.8
Other fish species2730.015.2184.9
Sales of salmon. Quantity and first hand value. 1997-2012*

In 2012, the quantity of sold farmed salmon increased by 16.5 per cent according to preliminary figures. A total of 1.2 million tonnes worth NOK 29 billion were sold this year. The average price of salmon in 2012 was NOK 23, which is a reduction of 8 per cent compared to 2011, and 23 per cent lower than the top year of 2010.

More reared trout

Production of reared trout grew substantially in 2012 after two years of low results. A harvest of 70 400 tonnes in 2012 led to an increase of 21 per cent compared to 2011. The average price of reared trout was NOK 24; a decline of 8 per cent compared to 2011. The total first hand value for rainbow trout and other reared trout was NOK 1.7 billion.

Falling trend for other marine species

The sold quantity of other marine species fell 33 per cent from 2011 and amounted to 12 400 tonnes. Of this, 80 per cent was farmed cod. The number of licences running is half that of 2009, and in 2012 only 126 licences were running. This negative trend is mostly caused by low cod prices and high production costs.


Cultivation of shellfish has also experienced a negative trend in recent years. In 2012, a small rise in quantity of 4 per cent resulted in 2 000 tonnes of produced shellfish. The price level fell substantially for all species except blue mussel, which more than halved the first hand value. In 2012, the value of shellfish reached NOK 11 million compared to NOK 25 in 2011.


In 2012, 5 800 persons were engaged in fish farming and shellfish cultivation. Of this, 4 100 were employed in the fish food industry, 1 530 in hatcheries and fingerling production and 170 in shellfish cultivation.

New conversion factor from 2000Open and readClose

Quantity is quoted as round weight. Fish that is delivered gutted is converted into round weight. The conversion factors from NS 9417 were adopted in 2000. The new conversion factors are as follows, with the old factors in parenthesis: salmon gutted with head - 1.125 (1.125), salmon gutted and decapitated - 1.266 (1.2857), rainbow trout gutted with head - 1.135 (1.125) and rainbow trout gutted and decapitated - 1.265 (1.2857).