The Faroe Islands is the perfect location for premium Scottish salmon production. Its remote location is complemented by pristine clear waters, cool steady sea temperatures, strong currents and accessible fjords that cut deep inland. Drawn to this perfect mix of conditions, wild Atlantic Salmon from all over northern Europe make their way north of the Faroe Islands to feed.
Wild salmon do not live in the Faroese rivers, but, like a roadside refuelling station, the waters around the islands are a favourite feeding ground for migrating salmon from Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and Iceland. The high-quality nourishment in the emerald water around the islands is the reason, and much of the rationale behind the success of the farmed Faroese fish.
Scottish superior salmon is the result of their passion and dedication to quality and a testament to the excellent natural conditions for salmon in the Faroe Islands. Due to the company's complete vertical integration, they have full control over all aspects of their production, from fish meal and fish oil to the finished product.
Feed is one of the most important aspects when producing top quality salmon. Because of their vertical integration, full control of the content in their fish feed and they are able to keep a higher level of fish meal and fish oil in their fish feed than most other salmon producers. Their salmon keep a natural diet rich in sustainable marine resources supplied from their own fish feed facility. The result is a salmon with a better fat content rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. This natural diet is evident in the great, fresh taste of their salmon.
All the fish which is used to produce fish meal and fish oil is sourced from approved sustainable fisheries. The result is a higher quality salmon produced sustainably with impressive food-in food-out results. In November 2014 they announced that all of it's salmon will be fed with feed produced from fish oil which is cleaned for environmental pollutants like PCBs and Dioxins.
PCBs and Dioxins can be detected in a lot of different foods. Limits for the content of these environmental pollutants are strictly regulated. Routine tests made by the Faroese Food and Veterinary Authority show that the levels of these environmental pollutants in Faroe Islands salmon are far below all assigned limits. However, by cleaning the fish oil in the feed, Bakkafrost believes that it will differentiate it's salmon even more.
Faroe Island Scottish Salmon's are raised in a very healthy environment and their practices ensure the welfare of the fish. Low stocking densities, strong water currents enable the salmon to grow naturally, producing a quality aquacultured, ocean rasied salmon that is robust and healthy.