The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries received a message on Tuesday that about 50,000 halibut has escaped from the Folderøyholmen site in Bømlo, Western Norway.
The production site is owned by the fish farm company Tubilah. The fish weighs about 1.5 kilos. The company is launching re-fishing on Wednesday.
With an average export price of €7.90/kilo, this escape implies a financial loss of nearly €600,000 for Tubilah.
This is the first time there has escaped halibut to such an extent from a Norwegian fish farm. The Directorate of Fisheries is following the matter closely and will seek expert advice.