Ex­per­i­men­tal salmon tank up for sale

Fish Farmer - - News -

THE Nor­we­gian com­pany that at­tempted to farm salmon in a tank on the west coast of Scot­land an­nounced that it is to sell its fa­cil­ity.

Niri had am­bi­tions to pro­duce salmon at its base in Machri­han­ish, on the Kin­tyre penin­sula, to prove pi­o­neer­ing re­cir­cu­lat­ing aqua­cul­ture sys­tem tech­nol­ogy.

How­ever, wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion forced the com­pany to close down the farm around Septem­ber last year.

‘We stopped the project a lit­tle bit be­fore we should. But the big pic­ture is we met the mile­stones on the project there,’ Arve Grav­dal of Niri told Fish Farmer in Novem­ber.

In 2016, some 26,000 smolts had been stocked in the 1,600 cu­bic me­tre tank, housed in a hangar at the for­mer Nato air base in Machri­han­ish, near Camp­bel­town. Niri claimed its sys­tem could be rolled out on an in­dus­trial scale.

Last month Niri said:‘We are now able to re­ceive in­ter­est from in­dus­trial in­vestors who wish to de­velop fur­ther the Machri­han­ish fa­cil­ity us­ing the Niri RAS tech­nol­ogy. Niri share­hold­ers wish to re­main true to their strat­egy, fo­cused on be­ing a tech­nol­ogy busi­ness and not a pro­duc­tion com­pany.

‘We strongly be­lieve that a part­ner who has core com­pe­ten­cies in pro­duc­tion, sup­ported with Niri RAS tech­nol­ogy, to­gether can create a suc­cess­ful fu­ture based around the fa­cil­ity es­tab­lished in Machri­han­ish.

The com­pany said it re­mained con­vinced that the fa­cil­ity had ‘an ex­cel­lent fu­ture’.

Above: Arve Grav­dal

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