First smolt release for Andfjord Salmon
On June 25, Andfjord Salmon finally released smolt into their land-based pool at Kvalnes, Andøya. This comes after months of planning, with the company preparing to release the smolt at the beginning of June. Read about that, HERE.
"Release of first smolt is obviously an important and enjoyable milestone for Andfjord Salmon," says Martin Rasmussen, CEO of Andfjord Salmon. "The operation was well prepared and was executed in a safe and predictable manner."
Around 200,000 smolt at an average weight of 120g were released into the pool, which were supplied by Nordland Akva AS.
The company is aiming to develop the world's most sustainable fish farming facility of its kind, by utilising a flow-through system to recreate salmon's natural habitat on land. They will be producing salmon with a low energy consumption and smallest possible environmental footprint.
"Our concept is centered around recreating the salmon's natural habitat on land, as far as it is practically possible to do so," adds Mr Rasmussen. "We are now entering a period with increasing amount of natural light and rising temperatures. This is good for fish health and development."
The released smolt has adapted to its new surroundings after being released into the pool earlier today. The biological conditions in the pool are as planned.
Andfjord Salmon currently holds a license to produce 10,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon at Kvalnes, equivalent to a target production of 19,000 tonnes.
"This has been a great start, but the hard work starts now. We look forward to proving the many excellent benefits of our land-based fish farming facility in the coming months and years," concludes Martin Rasmussen.
For more information on Andfjord Salmon visit their website, HERE.
Image credit: Andfjord Salmon