Nordic Blu Salmon
Marine salmon farming has come a long way in both environmental practices and acceptance, and Nordic Blu Salmon is at the forefront. The world's first and only marine net-pen farmed Atlantic salmon rated “Green — Best Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program has arrived, brought to North America exclusively by CleanFish.
The Salten Aqua Group is vertically integrated and maintains control over the whole process of Nordic Blu Salmon, from broodstock to processing. Pens are stocked at densities below the industry standard in both spring and fall to ensure consistent harvests throughout the year, as fish take approximately 14-20 months to reach market size. Current annual production is approximately 8,500 tons.
Feed innovations are key to the fish's leading environmental rankings. Nordic Blu Salmon are fed a custom diet with a higher concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids than conventional feed and with only 17.3% marine content. Vegetable content comes only from producers certified by the Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS). The resulting Fish-In, Fish-Out (FIFO) is 1.13:1.
Location is everything — especially in salmon farming. Perhaps nowhere in the world is better suited to raising salmon than the isolated, meandering 25 mile-long fjord called Skjerstad near the coastal town of Bodø, Norway, where Salten Aqua Group maintains four farm sites raising Nordic Blu Salmon.
Skjerstad fjord, in turn, is fed by the strongest tidal current in the world, which flows through a narrow strait called the Saltstraumen, carrying vast amounts of saltwater back and forth from the Norwegian sea. Yet impressive tidal currents are only part of the story. Significant winter rainfall and favorable topography work together to bring consistent — and massive — amounts of freshwater from the surrounding valleys and rivers throughout winter and spring, which mitigates most environmental impacts. Lower salinity waters are inhospitable to parasites, so the fjord, and Nordic Blu Salmon, are naturally free of sea lice. Additionally, to this day, the farm sites have never experienced a major escape.
in the kitchen
Nordic Blu Salmon is well suited to raw preparations, and performs well with a variety of cooking methods, including baking, roasting, steaming, pan-searing, and grilling. Fish have an average fat content of 22-23%.
Certifications, Ratings and Awards
Nordic Blu Salmon (produced by Salten Aqua) is the ONE & ONLY marine net-pen farmed Atlantic Salmon in the world ranked “Green — Best Choice” by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. With a score of 7.17, Nordic Blu is also the highest rated farmed Atlantic salmon in the world. All sites and farms are ASC and Global G.A.P. certified.