Norwegian growth success for Landcatch smolts –

Norwegian growth success for Landcatch smolts Published:  15 December, 2008

A third Norwegian salmon farm is currently on-growing smolts from Landcatch Scotland, completing a year of exceptionally good performance in Norwegian waters of stock supplied directly from the Argyll-based company.

The latest smolt export consisted of 200,000 S0s which were delivered to Melaks AS, at Austevoll in Hordaland county in September. This followed excellent growth and strong survival in Landcatch stock being on-grown earlier this year by Lingalaks at their Saltkjelen site in Hardanger Fjord, close to Bergen, and by Feøy Fiskeoppdrett at their Kvaløy Ost site, near Haugasund.

‘We delivered 96-gram smolts to Lingalaks in late March and early April in 2007 and the first 30 per cent of their stock of 300,000 S1s were harvested in early June this year at an average weight of 5 kilos,’ said Chris Mitchell, sales manager for Landcatch. ‘The stock’s average growth coefficient was 3.04 at a survival rate of 87 per cent, both really impressive performance figures.

‘The Kvaløy Ost smolts, which were also delivered in March/April 2007, achieved a growth coefficient of 3.09, a survival rate of 89 per cent and took just 490 days to first harvest. These were also all extremely good figures in rather more challenging conditions.’

This ‘debut performance’ in Norway for Landcatch stocks is viewed by the company as ‘highly encouraging’ particularly as the stock performed so well under quite contrasting site conditions.

Hardanger, for example, is fjordic, calm and warm while Kvaløy Ost is shallow, exposed and cool.

‘We’re obviously pleased with the performance figures which were achieved at Lingalaks and Feøy Fiskeoppdrett this year and delighted to now have stock on-growing in yet another location in Norway,’ said Mr Mitchell.

‘We have great confidence in our breeding programme and its ability to respond well to the different challenges presented across a variety of sites. There’s nothing quite like being able to prove stock robustness, however, under a new set of commercial conditions, which is what we’ve been able to do in Norway this year and which we’re looking forward to repeating in 2009.’