Spain to grow salmon on land
SPAIN is not known for its cold climate but in a region of Cantabria, on the northern coast, the temperature drops and heavy snow is not uncommon, said Juan Emilio Cano, CEO of Norcantabric.
It is in this area that the company has decided to set up Spain’s first salmon farm, a recirculating aquaculture system using Israeli technology by AquaMaof. There is a tradition, going back 10 years, of rearing Atlantic salmon in a freshwater hatchery for conservation purposes, restocking the rivers that run into the sea along the northern coast.
This government run initiative is relatively small scale, though, said Cano, and the new RAS plant is on a more ambitious, commercial level, aiming to produce 3,000 tonnes of salmon a year.
It will become operational in April next year when the first eggs are stocked, and once environmental assessments are completed.
Water will be supplied by drilling down 20m into wells. Costing around 30 million euros, the project has been financed by government and private investment and was still looking for 2.1 million euros when Cano talked to Fish Farmer at the Aquaculture Innovation summit in London
He said salmon was very popular in Spain and currently the country imports 75,000 tonnes a year, from Norway, Scotland and Chile.
Above: AquaMaof built this trout production facility, with an annual capacity of 500 tonnes, 100km from Moscow