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Land-based salmon farmer sets 260,000 tonne target

Atlantic Salmon Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) +3 more

The land-based fish farming company Pure Salmon has announced plans to produce 260,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon per year.

Pure Salmon’s first Atlantic salmon RAS facility is already fully operational in Poland and producing adult-size fish of 5-6kg. It is 50 percent owned by 8F Asset Management’s private equity fund and 50 percent by AquaMaof. In addition to acting as a proof-of-concept, the facility is also a research and development and training location for Pure Salmon staff globally. The Poland facility will produce 580 tonnes of Atlantic salmon per annum. A second facility has been recently announced in Japan. A $162 million (€141.9 million) investment is being made to create Soul of Japan, a state-of-the-art RAS salmon farm that will be the largest ever built in Asia, and one of the largest globally. The 137,000 square metre farm will produce up to 10,000 metric tonnes of Atlantic salmon per annum and will be fully operational from 2021.

Artist's impression of Pure Salmon's planned $162 million Soul of Japan RAS facility

With further planned roll outs of large scale facilities of 10,000 tonnes or 20,000 tonnes production per annum in the US, Europe, China and around the world, Pure Salmon’s plans are the most ambitious of their kind for land-based salmon farming.

All Pure Salmon land-based sites will be fully integrated with on-site hatcheries, grow-out systems and processing facilities, delivering a clean, healthy and fresher salmon for local consumption, reducing wastage and limiting its carbon footprint.

Stephane Farouze, Chairman and Founder of 8F, commented: “We’re delighted to be launching what is the most exciting global development in land-based Atlantic salmon farming. We believe that RAS technology will be the leading driving force for growing salmon in a resource strained world, where producing sustainable food without further damaging our oceans is paramount.”