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The Swedish furniture titan Ikea, which claims to be the sixth largest restaurant chain in the world, has stated that it will be opening food outlets in 14 stores in Spain. Ikea is offering ‘take away’ from its restaurants wanting to bring people to its stores but has also been experimenting with home deliveries, having signed a deal with online food order company Just Eat to deliver food throughout Madrid. In addition to selling ASC certified smoked salmon, Ikea has, together with salmon supplier Mowi and its existing meatball producer Dafgård, developed a meatball based on salmon and cod. The salmon and cod balls have been introduced in many markets and will soon also be offered in a packed version in Ikea stores for customers to bring home. Before the coronavirus hit, IKEA’s foodservice operations annually served around 680 million people a year.
Protests continue to pack the streets in Chile, triggered by a relatively small increase in subway fares in mid-October. During the unrest, salmon production has dropped substantially due to blockades and curfews that prevent people and supplies reaching production sites. SalmonExpert Chile reports how protesters continue to block access routes to Quellón, a hub for aquaculture and fisheries in southern Chile. Trucks transporting supplies like feed have been denied access to farms jeopardising the lives of 800 thousand fish that have not been fed for more than a week. Thirty thousand salmon are already reported dead and without the possibility of dealing with these mortalities, health risks due to high bacteriological levels will only aggravate the situation. A spokeswoman for the National Coordinator of the Salmon Industry and Related Branches stresses that these mortalities will cause immense pollution in the Quellón Bay, forcing companies in the area to move their fish to other sites and threatening the future of labour for the seafood industry in Quellón. Estimates say that production capacity is down about 50% and prices for salmon have increase at least 22%.
A stainless steel strapping machine from Mosca proves itself at Mowi, Norway
The global salmon indsutry is booming. In 2017, the leading countires in this sector produced over two millions tons of the popular food fish. The increasinly competitive salmon industry is driving companies to find ways to maximixe products yield and quality. One methode of acheving this feat is through the carfeull cordination of all phases of the production proces – from spawning to packaging. Mowi, previously Marine Harvest, the world’s largest supplier of farmed Atlantic Salmon recently tested a new stainless-steel strapping machine specially developed for the food industry with the hope of increasing coordination between their phases of the production process. Integrated into a fully automated production line in Ulvan, Norway, the Mosca Evolution SoniXs MS-6-VA has been strapping Styrofoam boxes packed with fresh fish since October 2017. Thus far, everyone at Mowi Norway, and Ulvan – from management staff to machine operators – is extremely impressed by the reliable, easy-to-clean strapping machine innovation.
When fresh salmon arrives by boat at the Mowi factory on the Norwegian island of Ulvoya, the clock is on. All companies in the business of selling fresh fish understand the consequences of even being one hour behind schedule. In a fully automated operation, the fish is packed at a temperature of below 2 °C in styrofoam boxes that are filled with ice and covered with an unfastened lid. The boxes are then double strapped to secure the lid and provide protection with added stability. Afterwards, they are loaded onto pallets for transport and leave the factory on a truck. Mowi has more than 13,000 employees working at locations in 25 countries. In 2016, the company produced 381,000 tons of fresh salmon. Some of this fish is processed in-house, for example, to make breaded or marinated fish fillets.
In May 2019, over eight million farmed salmon suffocated in northern Norway as a result of a persistent algae bloom. The estimated economic loss from the 10,000 tonnes of farmed salmon is as much as 620 million Norwegian Kroner (EUR64m). The enormous algae blooms, which occurred due to warm weather, spread rapidly around Norway’s northern coast, sticking to fish’s gills and suffocating them. While wild fish can swim away from the lethal clouds of aquatic organism, farmed fish are trapped at the mercy of the algae. Harmful algae blooms occur when the normally occurring aquatic plants grow out of control due to warm weather. Some are attributing the severity of these algae attacks to climate change.
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has issued warnings that toxic algae blooms (Chrysochromulina leadbeaterii) are affecting an area of about 450 kilometres of the northern coastline of Norway.
The world’s largest wellboat, the Ronja Storm, was launched from the Cemre shipyard in Yalova, Turkey, where the 116 m long and 23 m wide vessel was constructed, and is now making its maiden voyage to Norway where it will be fitted out. Following this, the Ronja Storm will sail to Tasmania where it will join the Australian company Huon’s fleet. The vessel is to be used to transport and bathe salmon. Salmon are bathed in freshwater onboard the wellboat to treat them for amoebic gill disease. The freshwater causes the amoeba to drop off the gills of the fish. The vessel would be able to bathe an entire 240 m pen.The Ronja Storm is more than twice the size of the world’s previous biggest wellboat, and can hold over 12,000 cubic meters of water. In addition, it will contain technology that is at the cutting edge of salmon farming. The ship will have its own desalination plant, producing 700 tonnes of freshwater per hour. This will ensure efficient operations while reducing pressure on Tasmania’s freshwater supply. Peter and Frances Bender of Huon were recognised as the 2018 Australian Farmer of the Year and are currently the only salmon farmers in Australia to use wellboats in their operations. Image credit: Havyard
The overcapacity in Europe’s salmon feed market is causing at least one major feed producer to close its production operations in the UK. Norway-based Skretting, a Nutreco subsidiary, operates production facilities in 19 countries worldwide, including one each in Scotland and England. However, a rival, Marine Harvest Scotland, is opening a plant in the spring of 2019, which Skretting estimates will raise UK capacity by more than 50% over market demand, leading to unsustainably low prices.
Skretting said it isn’t planning on stopping production in other EU markets; indeed, the company continues to grow, based on a strategy of matching local aquafeed markets with local production is closely as possible. The principal market, the global farmed salmon sector, is as highly competitive as the feed sector, and experiences production shifts of its own, which feed suppliers must adapt to. “Aquaculture is an increasingly important and attractive solution to meet growing demand for healthy food,” the company’s announcement said, but to ensure sustained profitability “tough decisions” must be made, referring to the impacts on around 100 employees as well as customers and suppliers.