Accumulated stocking of Atlantic Salmon and Rainbow Trout smolts showed an average reduction of 11.6% in November 2015, compared with the same first 11 months of 2014.

Per species, the largest drop has been observed in trout with a reduction of 30.2%, followed by Atlantic Salmon with a decrease of 4.7%. Meanwhile, Coho Salmon has not started its stocking period corresponding to the 2016 season yet, situation that is similar to the one observed in November 2014.

Smolt stocking is a productive indicator of the salmon industry that reflects the transfer of fish, called “smolts” at this stage of their life-cycle, to farming sites in seawater to start the growout stage. Consequently, this is a valuable indicator to project future harvest volumes.

Decrease in Atlantic Salmon Stocking

For the third consecutive month, Atlantic salmon stocking has shown a reduction in relation to the amount of fish transferred to seawater during the same months the year before. Specifically, in November 2015 there was a substantial increase of the difference, reaching a reduction of 28%.

During November, 9.4 million smolts were stocked, compared with the 13 million smolts that were transferred to seawater the previous year.

Considering these results, accumulated stocking between July and November 2015 has a tendency for the second semester to show a reduction of 12% in the number of smolts transferred to seawater farming sites, compared with what happened during the same months the year before.

This information comes from Aquabench production databases, which currently have an estimated average representativeness of 97.7% (Coho: 99.4%, Atlantic Salmon: 96.6% and Rainbow Trout: 98.9%).

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