Salmon giant Mowi has been fined NOK 16.3 million (€1.5 million/$1.6 million) by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE-RME) for illegal water extraction at its hatcheries in Orkland municipality and Kinn municipality in Western and Central Norway, respectively.

Mowi has violated terms for two licenses and made profits as a result of the increased amount of fish in the facilities, the government agency said.

The first violation concerns a permit breach for water extraction from Lake Slordalsvatnet near Orkland which comes with a NOK 5.3