Technology.

Andfjord Salmon brings salmon farming into the future by combining the best of ocean net-pen and land-based farming. This patented technology is based on a flow-through system requiring low energy and operating costs, coupled with minimal environmental impact.

Benefits of ocean net-pen salmon farming:

Optimum ocean temperature

Andfjord Salmon is located on the eastern shores of Andøya, the northern most island of the Norwegian Arctic Archipelago of Lofoten - Vesterålen. The eastern shores of Andøya is part of Andfjorden which provides sub-surface optimum temperatures for salmon farming in the Arctic. To achieve optimum temperatures, Andfjord brings seawater from 160 meters in the winter and 30 meters in the summer. These two inlets provide stable temperatures of 7 to 12 degrees Celsius year-round allowing for unique and optimal growth conditions for Atlantic salmon in the Norwegian Arctic.

Nutritious and oxygen-rich seawater

Andfjord Salmon’s location benefits from a deep-water vein of the warm Gulf Stream on the east coast of Andøya. This tempert vein provides highly nutritious and oxygen-rich Arctic seawater. To benefit from this unique natural condition, Andfjord brings an innovative and energy efficient concept that will ensure optimum seawater flow for salmon farmed in the shore-based tanks.

69 degrees north

Andfjord Salmon is located in the village of Kvalnes on Andøya. The distance from Andfjord’s facility to the nearest net-pen farm is more than 20 kilometers. Andfjord’s location at latitude 69 Degrees and well within the Arctic, ensures a safe and unique environment for salmon farming.

Benefits of shore-based salmon farming:

Salmon lice and poisonous algae exclusion

Andfjord Salmon brings seawater from depths well below the survival limits of salmon lice and poisonous algae. The facility’s state-of-the-art treatment system eliminates any harmful substances from entering the growing tanks.

Escape prevention

Andfjord Salmon’s facility is adequately secured to prevent salmon escapement. The physical barriers are sufficiently robust and in accordance with Norwegian regulations to avert any loss of biomass that would negatively affect financial results.

Reduced feed waste

Andfjord’s unique shore-based farm design reduces salmon mortalities, lower feed costs and increases productivity. Feed and fish waste are collected and recorded. These bio-residues are incorporated into our neighboring company, Andøytorv’s soil enhancement production due to its high content of nutrients such as nitrate and phosphorus.

Innovative concept

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.

Unique location

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.

Certification
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.

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