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China plans fleet of mobile offshore fish farms

9 December 2019, at 12:30pm

Plans to build 300 mobile offshore aquaculture facilities that are each able to produce 20,000 tonnes of fish were announced at Marintec China last week.

China’s Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering Design and Research Institute in Shanghai is leading the planning of these mobile farms and is preparing to tackle key development difficulties.

China’s Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering Design and Research Institute in Shanghai is the driving force behind the country's offshore aquaculture sector
China’s Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering Design and Research Institute in Shanghai is the driving force behind the country's offshore aquaculture sector

According to Eastday.com, each farm would include broodstock, juveniles, grow-out and processing facilities, and require 3-10 square kilometres of sea.

The grow-out phase of each farm will rely on closed-containment “vessels” that prevent the influx of foreign pathogens. And being self-propelled means that the farms are able to avoid being hit by severe sea conditions such as typhoons.