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Norwegian hatchery sees future in wrasse and cod production


April 30, 2014
By Siri Elise Dybal
Ballan wrasse Some Norwegian salmon producers are looking for a predictable supply of hatchery-reared ball an wrasse for use in sea lice removal.

Havlandet Marin Yngel AS (HMY) in Norway is applying for licenses to hold broodstock of cod and ballan wrasse and for farming juvenile ballan wrasse at the Botnaneset site in Flora.

The application involves two tons of wrasse broodstock and five million wrasse fingerlings per year. In addition, the company wishes to retain a license for cod broodstock and fingerlings.

The company said the reason for the application was that many salmon farmers had been in contact with them asking about hatchery production and delivery of ballan wrasse fingerlings. Many salmon farmers require predictable deliveries of the right amount and size of ballan wrasse.

With HMY’s background as a hatchery producer of cod, it is commonly believed that this will be a successful investment, the company said in its licence application.

The farming of cod has declined in recent years, but the company believes that this will increase in the future and therefore wants to keep its broodstock – now in the fifth generation.


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