20 million “off-season” ova ordered
Roughly 20 million “off-season” eggs, produced by Aquagen from broodfish that have lived their whole lifecycle on land, will be delivered to farmers in Norway and Scotland during Q3.
The company reports that, while these off-season eggs are transported to the hatcheries, the traditional early egg production of 2016/2017 season eggs has begun. Stripping of the first broodfish reared in the sea was conducted on 22nd August at both Aquagen Hemne and Aquagen Steigen.
Stripping happened at around the same time as last season, but this year more mature fish at both sites have been reported. This will produce greater amounts of eggs that can be delivered as early as week 41 and, as a result, Aquagen will be able to deliver eggs all year-round from Norwegian broodstock sites.
Increased flexibility and improved utilization of capacity in smolt production will also be possible, the company claims, while optimal production of early S0 and large smolt will no longer be limited by the availability of eggs.