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Leroy details salmon escapes, antibiotic use in annual report

Company also discussed raw material, market share and sea lice.

Leroy Seafood Group released its 2016 annual report this week, which included financial details it previously published.

Last year, its largest market -- the European Union -- accounted for 59.1 percent of Leroy's market share, followed by Norway at 16 percent, Asia at 13.3 percent, United States at 6 percent and the rest of Europe at 4 percent.

The company also said its volume of wild fish for fishmeal and oil is stable and will not likely increase in the future.

"Access to raw materials for fish feed is good ... 2016 saw an increased demand for marine raw materials, putting pressure on the supply of marine raw materials," the group stated.

"The steady growth of the aquaculture industry, particularly in Asia, and the vast increase in direct consumption by humans, for example in Omega-3 capsules, have resulted in higher prices and a reduced supply of marine raw materials."

The company also detailed its 2016 escapements in the annual report.

The biggest one was reported on Feb. 18 when 18,451 fish from Stualand site escaped due to damage to net probably caused by contact between net and bottom ring chain in combination with exposure to electricity, wave frequency and response in bottom ring chain.

Also in regards to sea lice treatments, "having documented positive results with the use of lumpfish as a lice eater, Leroy ... decided to make further investments in our own production of lumpfish as a cleaner fish at our facilities. We aim to be self-sufficient in terms of in-house production of lumpfish."

In 2016, the company used 236.371 metric tons of fish feed and 1.6 kg of antibiotics, which translates to 0.00000068 percent antibiotics

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