Mowi buys An­gle­sey lump­fish farm

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

THE Welsh lump­fish farmer, Ocean Mat­ters, has been bought by Mowi Scot­land. The fa­cil­ity, in Pen­mon, An­gle­sey, North Wales, has the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce two mil­lion of the cleaner fish, which it has been sup­ply­ing to the salmon in­dus­try in Scot­land to con­trol sea lice.

Its main cus­tomer is Mowi, which has said it would need to de­ploy more than two mil­lion lump­fish by 2020.

Ocean Mat­ters, formed in 2015 on the site of an old tur­bot farm, har­vested its first lump­fish in 2016.

Pro­duc­tion man­ager Daniel Phillips told Fish Farmer in 2017 that the fa­cil­ity had the po­ten­tial to pro­duce up to six mil­lion cleaner fish.

‘If we can do six mil­lion fish in one build­ing we can prob­a­bly do pretty much the whole UK mar­ket,’ he said.

Last sum­mer, the com­pany an­nounced it was plan­ning to dou­ble pro­duc­tion, hav­ing se­cured a £500,000 loan from the De­vel­op­ment Bank of Wales, plus a fur­ther £500,000 from HSBC.

Founder and man­ag­ing direc­tor of Ocean Mat­ters, Werner Forster, said: ‘Mowi has been Ocean Mat­ters’ largest cus­tomer and col­lab­o­ra­tor since in­cep­tion. We’re quite pleased to know Ocean Mat­ters has grad­u­ated on to the Mowi fam­ily, where it will cer­tainly re­ceive all

the sup­port re­quired to con­tinue on its cur­rent path.’

In 2017, Mowi Scot­land bought a neigh­bour­ing farm, An­gle­sey Aqua­cul­ture, that once pro­duced sea bass, with the in­ten­tion of farm­ing wrasse.

Dougie Hunter, head of cleaner fish and tech­ni­cal ser­vices at Mowi Scot­land, said the Ocean Mat­ters pur­chase ‘pro­vides us in­creased ca­pac­ity for cleaner fish pro­duc­tion, with great po­ten­tial for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment as well’.

‘I would like to wel­come the new hatch­ery staff into the Mowi fam­ily,’ he added.

Mowi said last month that sea lice on its farms was now un­der con­trol. The use of cleaner fish is a ma­jor part of the suc­cess­ful strat­egy.

Above: Dougie Hunter

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