New pontoon investment cuts smolt transfer time

Investment in a new pontoon has cut the journey time for salmon smolts transferring from Furnace to their new seawater homes by nearly two days, resulting in relaxed fish, fewer lorry journeys and greater efficiency for the farms.

Cooke Aquaculture pontoon cuts smolts transfer from two days to three hours

Cooke Aquaculture‘s hatchery in Furnace produces around 3million smolts a year, about half of the company’s freshwater stock, so transferring smolts by boat means quicker and more efficient business. The new pontoon allows wellboats to dock at the hatchery site and smolts can now be transferred directly to the wellboat rather than being transported by road to a nearby harbour. This new facility reduces transfer time from two days to under three hours.

The pontoon was supplied by Oban-based Fusion Marine at a cost of £110,000 as part of the company’s multi-million pound investment programme.