Transfer success in King Salmon through optimised nutrition

King salmon undergo a critical physiological phase called smoltification when they move from a freshwater environment into a seawater one. Our scientists at Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) have developed a product range specifically to prepare smolt for transfer and then to support the fish as they adapt to the new seawater conditions.

Supreme diets help the fish to better handle the transition from seawater. They also help smolts withstand all potential challenges at transfer.

Increased growth

Nutra Supreme RC-R is recommended to be fed 6 weeks before transfer while in the hatchery and Orient Supreme is to be fed for 6 weeks after transfer to seawater. The Supreme transfer concept contributes to a faster and increased uptake of feed, minimising the critical period when the stress of transfer can cause low appetite and poor growth. A fast start from the beginning gives the fish an advantage that will continue on through the production cycle.

Unified smoltification

Using Supreme feeds the fish will get a clear signal to start smoltification. Thus, the population of fish follow a more unified run through smoltification process, contributing to less variation.

Local adaptations

Locally, the Orient Supreme concept has been adapted for local challenges; namely for use during periods of high temperature.

In New Zealand, smolt can sometimes be transferred into water temperatures that are higher than optimal. For these fish we recommend our Orient Supreme HT feed, which is a combination of the transfer support as well as high temperature support, developed for fish entering seawater at temperatures above 15°C.