Salmon Evolution says smolts are growing well

Land-based fish farmer Salmon Evolution says the strong biological performance of its first batch of smolts, reported in the company’s Q1 2022 presentation, continued through the remainder of the second quarter.

The company’s first batch of smolts was released at its land-based fish farm in Indre Harøy, Norway, in March this year.

As of June 30, 2022, the average fish weight for the first batch is estimated to be around 1.5 kg, with individuals observed well above 2 kg. Feed and growth figures continued to significantly exceed expectations, the company said, reflecting good water quality and good fish health and welfare. Additionally, Salmon Evolution continued to show low levels of mortality.

Salmon Evolution also reports that samples taken over the past few weeks for extensive quality testing have been very positive, confirming good health of fish and quality of fillets, firm texture of meat, “pleasant red meat color and constant” and an excellent taste of salmon. In addition, no early ripening problems were observed.[ortsthatsamplestakenoutoverthelastweeksforextensivequalitytestinghavebeenverypositiveconfirminggoodfishhealthandfilletqualityfirmmeattexture“niceandconsistentredmeatcolour”andexcellentsalmontasteAdditionallynoissueswithearlymaturationhavebeenobserved[ortsthatsamplestakenoutoverthelastweeksforextensivequalitytestinghavebeenverypositiveconfirminggoodfishhealthandfilletqualityfirmmeattexture“niceandconsistentredmeatcolour”andexcellentsalmontasteAdditionallynoissueswithearlymaturationhavebeenobserved

The Society is preparing for the Batch #2 smolt release which is now expected to take place in July. Batch #2 smolt volumes will be significantly increased from the original plan, as they will also include the volumes originally scheduled to be released in August. This will further optimize the production plan, the company said, and provide greater operating flexibility as well as the early completion of remaining growth reservoirs.

Going forward, Salmon Evolution said it intends to release a similar operational update as soon as possible after the end of each quarter. In the meantime, the company has also released a video showing Indre Harøy’s latest progress.

Salmon Evolution uses “continuous flow hybrid” technology rather than adopting a RAS (recirculating aquaculture system) approach. In addition to the Indre Harøy site, the company is working with Korean conglomerate Dongwon Industries on another site in South Korea and recently announced plans to search for a suitable site in North America.

Salmon Evolution Farm Site, Indre Harøy

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