Maine event for land based farm­ing

Fish Farmer - - World News -

A US com­pany plan­ning to grow salmon in land based tanks has com­pleted the pur­chase of land for the ven­ture, in Buck­sport, Maine.

Whole Oceans plans to farm At­lantic salmon in a re­cir­cu­lat­ing aqua­cul­ture sys­tem.

It hopes to ini­tially pro­duce 5,000 tonnes of salmon an­nu­ally and even­tu­ally in­crease ca­pac­ity to 20,000 tonnes.

The com­pany is also seek­ing sites for pro­duc­tion on the west coast, and re­cently con­firmed that it was buy­ing a ma­jor­ity share in the world’s first land based salmon farm­ing ven­ture, Kuterra, which pro­duces about 250 tonnes of salmon a year..

The Bri­tish Co­lum­bia, Canada, based busi­ness was es­tab­lished by the Namgis First Na­tion in 2013, and has re­ceived gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies to re­main op­er­a­tional.

The own­ers have been try­ing to sell the fa­cil­ity for the past two years and said the deal ad­vances their mis­sion to ‘de­velop next-gen­er­a­tion At­lantic salmon aqua­cul­ture on land’.

Namgis First Na­tion have been lead­ing op­po­nents of tra­di­tional open net pen salmon farm­ing on Canada’s west coast.

An­other com­pany, Nordic Aqua­farms, is also plan­ning to es­tab­lish a land based farm in the state of Maine. Its site, in Belfast, Maine, is look­ing to pro­duce 16,000 tonnes of salmon in its ini­tial phase, ex­pand­ing to 33,000 tonnes.

The com­pany’s sub­sidiary, Fredrik­stad Seafoods, be­gan pro­duc­tion at is Nor­we­gian land based fa­cil­ity at the end of May, re­ceiv­ing the first 100,000 smolt.

It is the first and only land based salmon farm in Nor­way and plans to pro­duce 1,500 tonnes a year o be­gin with.

A Dutch com­pany, King­fish Zee­land, has also re­cently an­nounced it plans to move into land based farm­ing in Maine.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Seafood Source, the farmer, which op­er­ates a re­cir­cu­lat­ing aqua­cul­ture sys­tem yel­low­tail farm in Kats in the Nether­lands, wants to build a much big­ger RAS fa­cil­ity in the US.

CEO Ohad Maiman told Seafood Source the com­pany had con­sid­ered 22 sites along the US east coast but had nar­rowed the list down to two sites, both in Maine.

Above: Site for a new land based salmon farm in Maine

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