Smolt sales ready for take off next year

Fish Farmer - - From The Archive – The Sixties & Seventies -

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.

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