All-time high for Norwegian salmon
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Aquaculture, fish farming, reared salmon. Sales generated NOK 46.7 billion in 2015.

Aquaculture (terminated in Statistics Norway)2015, preliminary figures



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All-time high for Norwegian salmon

In 2015, the first-hand value of Norwegian fish farming came to NOK 46.7 billion, up 5 per cent from 2014. The produced quantity was 1.39 million tonnes.

Aquaculture. Preliminary figures
Fish for food (tonnes)SharePer centFirst hand valuePer cent
2014 - 2015(NOK million)2014 - 2015
Total1 390 906100.04.446 7205.4
Salmon1 314 58494.54.544 3236.0
Rainbow trout71 9915.24.42 191-5.0
Halibut1 2770.11.614527.4
Shellfish2 5870.228.32897.2
Other fish species:::::
Figure 1. Sales of salmon. Quantity and first hand value
Figure 2. Sales of rainbow trout. Quantity and first-hand value
Figure 3. Sales of other fish species. Quantity

* = preliminary figures

Ninety-five per cent of the production in fish farming in 2015 was reared salmon. In total, 1.31 million tonnes of salmon were produced, corresponding to a first-hand value of NOK 44.3 billion, making it another record year for salmon. The average price per kilo of salmon was NOK 33.70 in 2015.

More production of trout

For reared trout, the produced quantity was 72 000 tonnes; an increase of 4.4 per cent from 2014. The total first-hand value for rainbow trout and other reared trout was NOK 2.2 billion.

Less production of other species

A total of 1 745 tonnes of species other than salmon and trout were sold in 2015, at a corresponding first-hand value of NOK 178 million. This is a decrease of 44 per cent for quantity and 8 per cent for value. The decline is mainly caused by an insignificant production of cod in 2015.


Overall, 6 730 persons were engaged in aquaculture production in 2015, broken down into 4 760 in production of fish for food, 1 810 in hatcheries and fingerling production and 170 with cultivation of shellfish.

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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).