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Success in Norway for Landcatch Smolts

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NORWAY - 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.

According to FishUpdate, 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 Fey Fiskeoppdrett at their Kvaly Ost site, near Haugasund, reports FishUpdate.

'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,' Chris Mitchell, sales manager for Landcatch, told the news organisation. 'The stock's average growth coefficient was 3.04 at a survival rate of 87 per cent, both really impressive performance figures.

'The Kvaly 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.'

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