Nofima reports

Rapport/Report 41/2015 – English summary

Iversen, Audun; Hermansen, Øystein; Andreassen, Otto; Brandvik, Ruth Kongsvik; Marthinussen, Anders; Nystøyl, Ragnar

Publication details

Publisher: Nofima AS

Issue: 41/2015

Number of pages: 43

International Standard Numbers:
Printed: 978-82-8296-336-7

Open Access: green


Production costs in Norwegian Salmon farming Industry has increased steeply over the last few years. This project gives an insight into the development in costs, with a particular focus on the drivers behind this development.

The study has involved an in-depth investigation of a limited number of companies, to get a detailed understanding of the cost structure of the industry. This insight has been combined with indicators or proxies of total activities in the industry to calculate overall size of various costs.

The analysis points to feed and sea lice as the major cost drivers, although all costs increase. Some costs and lice-related costs in particular, are highly influenced by government regulations.