Giant pile of salmon

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Norway Sets Sales Record for Salmon

Norway’s salmon sales had a really great 2016
Giant pile of salmon

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In spite of a much smaller harvest than usual and problems with sea lice, Norway saw a record amount of salmon sales in 2016.

The Norwegian salmon industry saw a pretty stunning increase in salmon sales over the last year — a 31-percent increase from 2015.

According to The Local, even though Norway saw lower harvests than usual last year, that pushed prices up and demand kept rising, regardless. Prices for Norwegian seafood rose an estimated 40 percent last year, but the industry still raked in $7.8 billion.

France is the primary market for Norwegian seafood exports — two-thirds of which are salmon and salmon products — but there’s a big market for Norwegian salmon around the world.

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Though harvests were smaller than normal and numbers were significantly hurt by outbreaks of sea lice in fish stocks, the higher prices more than offset the supply issues.