South African salmon plant de­layed

Fish Farmer - - News -

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

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