Marine Harvest Salmon Escape After Dagmar Storm Damages Nets

Marine Harvest ASA (MHG), the world’s biggest salmon farmer, started re-catching fish that escaped from an enclosure in Nordfjord, northern Norway, after the storm Dagmar damaged nets over the Christmas holidays.

It isn’t clear how many fish escaped from one enclosure, which held 139,000 salmon with an average weight of 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds), the Oslo-based company said on its website today. The size and location of two net tears don’t indicate that a large number of fish escaped, it said. Local fisherman caught 150 fish, while the company recovered 30 close to the site, according to the statement.

The fish are considered safe to eat, the company said. The breakout from the enclosure was the fourth-largest escape in 2011, Marine Harvest said.

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