Low mortality and no signs of early maturation in land-based fish farm.
While other and more high-profile land-based salmon farmers have struggled heavily over several years, Nordic Aquafarms’ pilot plant in Fredrikstad, Norway, boastsing good results.
“Fredrikstad Seafoods has successfully harvested salmon on a weekly basis for almost a year now. We have learned a lot and gained a lot (of biomass and experience)! Since production-start, we have ramped up production step-by-step while also testing capacity limits in both production and processing. During the first 10 months of harvesting we have sold more than 650 tonnes (320 tonnes in Q1 2021) with less than 5 per-cent downgrades, +90 per-cent superior, average size of around 4.5 kg gutted weight (around 4.9kg in Q1 2021), and with consistent and very high quality,” the company wrote on LinkedIn.
“Mortalities has been low, we see no sign of early maturation and we have had no incidents with loss of fish. It seems like fish are thriving (on land) at the shores of the river Glomma,” Nordic Aquafarms added.
In full production, the two modules will produce a total of 1,500 tonnes of fish annually, but when the facility is fully developed the plan is to produce 6,000 tonnes, for which the harvesting site is also being built.
“Next week we are welcoming another 150.000 smolts in the facility, while another 150.000 are moving in later in the year and we are by that laying the grounds for continuous harvest week-in and week-out going forward. The production team, under the steady command of Roger Fredriksen, has done a tremendous job, always keeping “fish first” and focusing on getting better and better every day,” the company added.
Today, fifteen people work at Fredrikstad Seafoods. In addition, there are three new employees at the harvest facility Several of the employees are originally from Fredrikstad and the surrounding region, and moved home when the land-based facility became a reality.
Fredrikstad Seafoods sells its fish via Coop Mega’s stores in Eastern Norway.