The period in seawater is known as the ongrowing phase, in which the fish grow to become fish weighing several kilos.
Again they are provided with ongrowing feeds specially formulated to provide all their nutritional requirements and to ensure the final salmon products are of excellent eating quality. The sequence from hatchery to harvest takes about two and a half years.
For ongrowing there are 45 licensed sites:
- 16 on Orkney Isles
- 29 on the Shetland Islands
Having multiple farming operations in three well separated regions provides flexibility in sourcing, for example to dedicate fish and farms to specific markets such as organic production, and to ensure maximum reliability of supply and minimised impact from factors such as the weather. The farming sites are located in remote and rugged places along the coastline; highly exposed to provide a strong tidal flow of water passing through them. This ensures the fish get plenty of healthy exercise and that the water in the pen is constantly replenished. At the same time, the strategic locations mean the farms are close enough to our packing facilities to ensure maximum freshness in the products we sell.