FØROYA SÍLAVEIÐIFELAG

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HATCHERY


In the early 1960´s a small hut made of stone and turf was built in Thorshavn to facilitate stripping of wild seatrout and salmon eggs to be released into streams as small fry. In the 1980´ies, it was decided to build a 50m2 hatchery in the valley of Havnadalur which could accommodate to rear the fish up to smolt size. In 2001 the hatchery was expanded with additional 85m2 which made it possible to release about 25-30.000 smolts every second year . However, due to new strict veterinary regulations, Føroya Sílaveiðifelag had to upgrade the facilities in Havnadalur and in 2014 the hatchery was additionally expanded to cover more than 200m2. Due to biosecurity, our new facilities are devided into four separate departments: Wild broodfish, hatchery, fingerlings and smolts. Also rooms for storage of equipment, feed etc is available. By this, Føroya Sílaveiðifelag lives up to the same standards as the commercial farming industry – and is regulated by the authorities accordingly. This has only been possible by intensive voluntary work from members and external funds from the salmon farming industry in the Faroes.
Our new facilities now makes it possible to raise and release about 40.000 smolts and more than 60.000 fry into the rivers of Leynavatn, Mjáuvøtn and Saksun every year.
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