UPDATE 1-Forecaster Kontali cuts Norway 2017 salmon output forecast

viernes 23 de septiembre de 2016 09:47 GYT

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OSLO, Sept 23 (Reuters) -

* Kontali Analyse expects Norwegian salmon output to rise 3.5 percent year-on-year in 2017, managing director Ragnar Nystoeyl told Reuters on Friday. The previous prediction was for a 6 percent rise

* Nystoeyl said the industry's battle to get rid of sea lice, which attach themselves to the salmon, had triggered the cut

* Norway has a regulatory target of no more than 0.2 sea lice on average per fish

* Nystoeyl said producers are using exessive amounts of resources to achieve it

* Nystoeyl also says the wastage of fish is higher than expected, and that in addition infectious salmon anemia is also affecting output growth

* Nystoeyl also cut the number of smolt stocking by 3 million fish compared to the previous estimate, which he linked to the new regulatory regime for growth, which the industry has opposed

* For the current year Kontali sees a salmon output decline of 3.5-4 percent vs 2015, which gives a total 2016 output in the range 1.18-1.19 million tonnes in Norway   Continuación...