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Andfjord Salmon releases 200,000 smolt at Andøya facility

June 29, 2022  By  Nestor Arellano

Salmon smolt (Image: Andfjord Salmon)

Andfjord Salmon reported the successful release of 200,000 salmon smolt at the company’s first land-based pool at Kvalnes, Andøya.

The fish, which had an average weigh of 120 grams were supplied by Norwegian small production company, Nordland Akva AS.

Martin Rasmussen, chief executive officer Andfjord Salmon said the operation went well.


“Release of first smolt is obviously an important and enjoyable milestone for Andfjord Salmon. The operation was well prepared and was executed in a safe and predictable manner,” Rasmussen said.

“We are now entering a period with increasing amount of natural light and rising temperatures. This is good for fish health and development​,” he added.

The company’s flow-through system is key to recreate the salmon’s natural habitat on land and thereby produce salmon with very low energy consumption and smallest possible environmental footprint.

Last November, Andfjord Salmon began a series of tests of the equipment and other systems of the pool in preparation for this month’s smolt release.

“The smolt has quickly adapted to its new surroundings after being released into the pool earlier today. The biological conditions in the pool are exactly as planned,” a press release from the company said.

Andfjord Salmon holds a license to produce 10,000 tons MAB salmon at Kvalnes, equivalent to a target production volume of 19,000 tons, head on gutted (HOG).



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