Spain to grow salmon on land

Fish Farmer - - European News -

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

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