Fry and smolt – hatchery production

Self sufficient with high quality smolt

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As a leading international producer of farmed salmon, having access to high quality smolt is crucial to succed in the entire value chain. It is therefore of strategic importance to the company to have sufficient smolt capacity in order to secure delivery of the right smolt, with the righ size and quality delivered at the right time to the right location.

In Norway SalMar produces fry and smolt at 2 facilities in Trøndelag and Troms. In addition, Salmar has one lumpfish production facility and 1 new smolt facility under construction in Central Norway.

In central Norway SalMar has 1 hatchery in operation and 1 under construction and in Northern Norway SalMar has one facility. Almost all of SalMar’s smolt production is used to supply its own fish farms. The company currently has adequate supplies of smolt of the required quality.

SalMar’s hatcheries have access to freshwater resources which will allow continued growth in output. In the past years SalMar has also invested in recycling technology which permits a higher production of smolt with less consumption of fresh water.

SalMar’s hatcheries are largely built up around alternative energy resources. The Follafoss facility uses the waste water from a nearby wood processing plant to heat the water used in production by means of a heat exchanger. These measures reduces our environmental footprint.

High quality smolt is a precondition for the safe and effective production of farmed salmon. By establishing its own standards and associated action plans SalMar has sought to focus on smolt quality.

The company’s hatcheries have substantially upgraded their facilities the last few years. This effort has been associated partly with necessary production growth, partly with environmental measures such as waste water treatment, and, not least, with measures to prevent fish from escaping from the hatcheries. SalMar has a zero-tolerance policy with respect to escape from its hatcheries.

In 2020 the expansion of Follafoss was completed at the beginning of the year which gives increased smolt production capacity in Central Norway. In May 2020, the construction of the expansion of the smolt facility on Senja started where expected delivery of first smolt will be in 2023. In addition construction for a new smolt facility in Tjuin in Central Norway started in 2022.

SalMar’s lumpfish production unit is located in Langstein. The facility currently has the capacity to produce 3 million vaccinated lumpfish.

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Optimal locations with minimal enviromental footprint

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Fish farming Central Norway

In 2021 SalMar harvested 110,700 tonnes gutted weight in Central Norway. Today, the segment has 69,538 tonnes MAB for the production of fish at sea farms, of which 2 is demonstration licences. The segment also operates several R&D licences in collaboration with other companies.

The fish farming operations are located in Central Norway, stretching from Sunnmøre in the south to the Namdal coast in the north. Fish Farming Central Norway is divided into three regions, south (Møre & Romsdal), central (Frøya and Hitra) and north (Fosen and Namdalen). The environmental conditions for salmon farming in this region are very good, with favourable sea temperatures all year round thanks to the Gulf Stream, a high water replacement rate and several suitable locations.

SalMar’s fish farms focus on cost-effective operation and maintain a high ethical standard with respect to animal husbandry. In order to contribute to SalMar reaching its goal of being the most cost-effective producer of farmed salmon, there is a continuous focus on sub-goals, such as achieving optimal growth with the lowest feed factor. The company was quick to introduce its own standards and ‘best practices’ in order to secure increased efficiency. This involves, among other things, concentrating marine-phase production at large, sustainable facilities stocked with the correct biomass volume and with a good environmental carrying capacity. SalMar is also working strategically to secure locations so that we can take our share of future production growth. In 2020 the first closed net pen for the company was constructed which was taken into operation in the beginning of 2021.

Fish farming Northern Norway
In 2021 SalMar harvested 59,800 tonnes gutted weight in Northern Norway. Fish Farming Northern Norway currently has 38,251 MAB tonnes for the production of farmed salmon, of which 1 is a demonstration licence. In addition, SalMar co-operates several R&D licences.

SalMar has the largest aquaculture operation in Troms og Finnmark County, with activities stretching from Harstad in southern Troms to Sør-Varanger in Finnmark. The business is divided into two regions: Region South and Region North, which are each led by a regional manager. The segment’s head office and administration are located at Finnsnes in Senja.

Remote feeding has been an important focus area for the segment since 2012. This means joint surveillance and control of all SalMar’s sea sites from South Troms to East Finnmark. The sea farms are monitored even when there is no one physically on site. Data collection is more structured in the remote feeding centre, which provides a better foundation for decision making forward in time.

It is possible to produce more salmon in Norway, and Northern Norway has a considerable potential for further growth. This region has excellent environmental conditions for sustainable production, which we nurture through expertise and systematic improvement efforts. The expansion of SalMar’s smolt production, as well as the decision to build a local harvesting plant, underpin the importance to the Group of both Fish Farming Northern Norway and the region as a whole.

Harvesting, packing and processing (VAP)

Great benefits from local processing

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SalMar’s VAP operations are very closely linked with the farming operations and have been an important part of the company’s development. Bringing large harvesting volumes to a plant affords economies of scale, providing flexibility and a better utilisation of the entire salmon, and not leas sustainability advantages through local value creation and environmental benefits.

New products are constantly being developed, with various seasonings and packing methods to make them easier for the consumer to prepare.

InnovaMar is SalMar’s main industrial processing facility. It is located at Nordskaget in Frøya, in close proximity to Fish Farming Central Norway’s sea farms. InnovaMar is a modern building covering 17,500m2. It has an advanced equipment park for harvesting, fileting and portioning. It has the capacity to harvest 75,000 tonnes of salmon annually using a single shift. A significant portion of the volume harvested goes on to secondary processing before being sent to customers and consumers around the world. Innovative use of production technology increases the quality of the final product, reduces costs and improves the employees’ working environment. Through SalMar’s co-ownership of Vikenco AS, SalMar facilitates the harvesting of fish from the southern part of Central Norway and Møre & Romsdal County.

At the end of 2021, the new harvesting and processing facility in Northern Norway, InnovaNor, was put into operation. This is an important move to strengthen the region as an important industrial engine in the Group’s development and will contribute to local value creation and new employment opportunities. At the same time, InnovaNor will provide the same flexibility and immediate capacity, as the Group has at its InnovaMar facility in Central Norway, to harvest fish on the terms of the biology and contributing to optimising logistics.

Sales & Distribution

Close customer relations and high quality products

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SalMar has established a fully integrated system for farming, processing, sales and distribution of farmed salmon and is thus in control of the total value chain.

The salmon that SalMar is producing is sold through an in-house salesforce and/ or through close partners.

Proximity to markets and customers, direct or through partners is important to secure efficient use of a high-quality raw material that has been through a traceable and controlled production process.

InnovaMar is the name of SalMar’s harvesting and processing facility in Frøya, central Norway. It aims to be the world’s most innovative and efficient facility for the landing, harvesting and processing of farmed salmon. InnovaMar covers 17,500 m2 of floor space and comprises two departments (harvesting and processing). The facility has the capacity for all kinds of storage. Good internal logistics ensure safe and efficient handling of the products. The increased capacity affords a high level of flexibility with regard to organising production and sales.

Through SalMar’s co-ownership of Vikenco AS, SalMar facilitates the harvesting of fish from the southern part of Central Norway and Møre & Romsdal County. At the end of 2021 the new harvesting and processing facility in Northern Norway, InnovaNor, was put into operation. The facility is called InnovaNor. This is an important move to strengthen the region as an important industrial engine in the Group’s development and will contribute to local value creation and new employment opportunities.

SalMar produces a wide variety of fresh and frozen salmon products. The customer base is global and includes small and large importerts/ exporters, as well as larger processing companies and retail chains.

If you would like to know more about SalMar’s products, please contact our sales department by telephone at +47 72 44 79 00.