By giving our salmon plenty of room to move they are able to behave naturally. Salmon have complex social structures and by keeping a population of fish together throughout their life, we allow them to build and maintain cohesive communities.
Low stocking densities mean that there is reduced concentration of organic nutrient inputs such as feed and salmon faeces immediately under our pens. This, coupled with our farm fallowing program, means that the local ecology (animals and food webs) can process those inputs more quickly. Similarly, when stocking densities are low, oxygen in the seabed can break down nutrients more quickly and can easily deal with organic enrichment from our farm operations.
When salmon are relaxed and allowed to behave normally in a clean, healthy environment, they feed better, they grow quicker and when it comes time to harvest our fish, the benefit is seen in the quality of our products.