Warm wa­ter prawns from a cold cli­mate

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A STAVANGER based com­pany is plan­ning to cul­ti­vate warm wa­ter king prawns in Nor­way. Mag­nar Hansen of the Happy Prawn Com­pany is work­ing on a scheme to launch Nor­way’s first com­mer­cial land based prawn farm, and told the web­site Tek­fisk.no that he was look­ing at three pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions in Nor­way where waste heat was avail­able.

He also said he has at­tracted a lot of in­ter­est in the project from po­ten­tial in­vestors, both in­side and out­side the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try.

Us­ing a 12,000 litre tank filled with sea­wa­ter, the com­pany has been run­ning a small pi­lot plant pro­duc­ing fresh king prawns for the past eight months, the re­sults of which have proved promis­ing. Hansen said his goal was to have pro­duced 100 tonnes be­fore the end of next year. In the longer term, he is also look­ing at set­ting up a farm out­side Nor­way.

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