Smolt sales ready for take off next year
SALMON smolt sales are scheduled to start from Marine Harvest’s Inchmore unit in 1979.
Experience in Norway and Scotland show clearly, says the company, that the availability of smolts has a major effect on the development of salmon farming. It is well recognised that the quality of salmon smolts is clearly linked to subsequent sea water growth and hence to the profitability of salmon farming.
Current stocks at this unit are based on 10 different basic strains brought in from Norway and from various Scottish river systems. All stock have been kept separate and three populations of each have been grown on and constantly monitored at Invergarry.
As stock selection identifies the most successful strains through the Invergarry based trials, broodstock will be taken out and immediately introduced into the smolt population unit at Inchmore.
‘We want to get the improved stock into the system as early as possible,’ explained Mr Morgan.