Andfjord Salmon has received international recognition for its innovative shore-based farming concept. Its unique design ensures access to clean nutrient-rich Arctic seawater of optimum farming temperatures year around. The low fish density in the large grow-out tanks provides the best fish welfare and optimum growth.
Andfjord’s vision is to create a future-oriented facility that enhances sustainable salmon farming in the Norwegian Arctic. This vision is supported by the availability of the purest seawater to produce the highest quality salmon that the consumers seek.
Andfjord Salmon is a shore-based facility located in the intertidal zone. The facility is entirely flow-through bringing a continuous flow of seawater for the salmon. This flow-through production method totally different from traditional land-based operations which rely on recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) that reuse in excess of 99% of the water.
Andfjord’s crystal clear seawater enhances fish monitoring for the staff as well as the use of underwater cameras. The same clear Arctic seawater also ensures that the salmon thrive, are healthy and nutritious.
Combining these attributes produce a premium salmon without off-flavors and with a taste that matches the best wild Arctic salmon. It is this unique salmon that culinary experts crave.
Andfjord Salmon's facility is located on beautiful Andøy, the northernmost island of the Arctic Archipelago of Lofoten, Vesterålen. The construction of the first tank to produce 1,000 MT annually commenced this past June. The patented prototype provides robust barriers to limit any escapements. The salmon will thrive in an environment free of lice and poisonous algae. The tank effluent is cleaned sufficiently to minimize any negative exposure to marine life from pollutants or other undesirable substances. At the same time Andfjord’s design focuses on minimizing energy costs. Reaching this goal will provide the most sustainable salmon of the highest standards and recognitions.
In pursuit of this goal Andfjord Salmon has collaborated and conducted computer simulations with support of most reputable external experts in the salmon industy. These experts have corroborated Andfjord’s design for its low capital (CapEx), operating costs (OpEx), minimal energy consumption, extreme low risk of escapements, reduced mortality and optimal fish welfare.
Also, Andfjord’s goal is to reduce salmon feed waste to less than 5% of feed input. All waste is collected and recorded. There are very low negative emissions from the facility. This achievement will make the company sustainable with the lowest possible environmental footprint, which in turn will make Andfjord very cost competitive without challenging the pristine Arctic environment.
Andfjord’s founders’ have several decades of experience in both traditional ocean net-pen and land-based salmon farming. This experience proved significant when Andfjord Salmon last year was granted a government concession to farm 10,000 MT of salmon. This grant also was the result of collaboration with many interdisciplinary professionals, who graciously shared their knowledge for the future of successful salmon farming in the Arctic.
Andfjord Salmon will purposefully work with sustainability certification bodies in both Europe and the Americas such as Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP). Both standards certify farmed salmon according to strict and clearly defined criteria. These standards are available on www.asc-aqua.org and www.bapcertification.org
Solid financial forecasts
Andfjord’s first phase and prototype consist of a single large tank structure to produce 1,000 MT. Excavation for this prototype has already commenced with estimated completion in 12 months at which time smolts will be stocked. The smolts will then grow for another 12-14 months to about 4-5 kg and with the leading-edge harvest planned in June 2020. The next phase will consist of some additional ten tanks each producing 1,000 MT, to provide ample growing space with temperate, oxygen-rich seawater for Andfjord’s unique Arctic salmon. Andfjord Salmon is now the company and salmon to follow.