World’s largest land salmon farm planned

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TWO Nor­we­gian en­trepreneurs are plan­ning the world’s largest land based salmon farm­ing oper­a­tion, with an even­tual aim to pro­duce up to 20,000 tonnes of fish a year.

The men be­hind the three bil­lion kroner plan in the port of Floro, in the western part of the coun­try, are Kjell Audun Aasen and Martin Rams­dal from a com­pany called Nekst.

They re­ceived ap­proval last year for 16 de­vel­op­ment li­cences that com­bine land and sea based aqua­cul­ture, ac­cord­ing to the Nor­we­gian tech­ni­cal jour­nal Teknisk Uke­blad (TU).

Kjell Aasen said their plan was highly sus­tain­able and would be based on the use of re­cir­cu­lated wa­ter de­signed to re­duce the risk of lice and help pre­vent es­capes.

He told TU: ‘We will use tech­nol­ogy that al­ready ex­ists, and we be­lieve that the re-use of wa­ter is an im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tor be­cause it pro­vides a com­pletely dif­fer­ent op­tion on qual­ity.’

Aasen has been con­nected with aqua­cul­ture since 1984 when he was in­volved in the farm­ing of Pa­cific salmon in Canada. This, he ad­mits, was not a suc­cess and gave way to At­lantic salmon which was bet­ter suited to farm­ing. He later went on to work for Ma­rine Har­vest.

Nekst says it can pro­duce large smolts – or post-smolts – of about 2.7 kg, which typ­i­cally take about 90 weeks from the hatch­ing of the eggs, be­fore trans­fer­ring the fish to sea cages.

The lo­cal coun­cil in Floro, once an im­por­tant her­ring port, is ask­ing Nekst to build its plant near the town’s mu­nic­i­pal industrial area, which it be­lieves can ac­com­mo­date such a large land based fish farm. It is also close to the har­bour and a good sup­ply of wa­ter and power.

Aasen told the jour­nal: ‘If ev­ery­thing goes as we hope, we ex­pect to be able to start pro­duc­tion in the se­cond half of 2019.’

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