South African salmon plant delayed
PLANS for the first land based salmon farm in South Africa have been delayed while a new site is found for the project.
Atlantis West Coast’s original location – in the Kogelberg biosphere reserve - has been declared too environmentally sensitive, and the company must now embark on a new environmental impact assessment for an alternative site, Intrafish reported last month.
The company said the project, reportedly costing ZAR 766 million (£43.7 million), will still go ahead, in an area around 200km north of Cape Town.
The RAS farm is expected to produce 4,800 tonnes of salmon a year once operational.
The RAS technology is a new concept pioneered by US firm Veolia. Called the RAS2020, it is more compact than traditional RAS and designed to lower operating costs and environmental impact, Intrafish reported.
Above: The Kogelberg biosphere reserve