Go ahead for Europe’s largest land based salmon farm

Fish Farmer - - European News -

PLANS to build what will even­tu­ally be Europe’s largest land based salmon farm have re­ceived lo­cal au­thor­ity ap­proval.

The com­pany, Salmon Evo­lu­tion, was given the go ahead to de­velop a fa­cil­ity that is hoped will pro­duce more than 28,000 tonnes of salmon a year.

The de­vel­op­ment site is at a place called In­dre Harøy in Fræna, part of an at­trac­tive county mu­nic­i­pal­ity in west­ern Nor­way known as Møre og Roms­dal.

When fully up and run­ning, the plant will pro­vide more than 80 jobs. A num­ber of for­mer salmon com­pany ex­ec­u­tives are be­hind the three bil­lion kro­ner project.

They say they still have to se­cure the nec­es­sary fund­ing, but claim there is a lot of in­ter­est in the project and they are cur­rently work­ing on plans to at­tract new in­vestors. An in­vest­ment prospec­tus should be in print by Septem­ber.

The CEO of Salmon Evo­lu­tion, Ing­jarl Skarvøy, said he was pleased the com­pany has ob­tained the con­ces­sions to go ahead.

He be­lieves the de­vel­op­ment of land based farm­ing will even­tu­ally be­come a ma­jor game changer for the Nor­we­gian aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try. He ex­pects the project to gather pace grad­u­ally over time.

Cur­rently, Europe’s largest land based farm is un­der con­struc­tion 40 miles south of Oslo, with Fredrik­stad Seafoods, a sub­sidiary of Nordic Aqua­farms, be­hind the de­vel­op­ment (see story op­po­site).

Above: Gath­er­ing pace

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