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Marine Harvest Looks at Alternative Smolt Production

NORWAY - Working to mitigate the negative effects on the environment of farmed salmon, particularly in relation to escapes, Marine Harvest has signed a deal with AgriMarine Holdings, to test new equipment to grow 1kg salmon smolts.

"Our purpose is to test and benchmark equipment that can support semi-contained postsmolt production of fish up to 1 kg," says Cato Lyngøy, Group Technical Manager, Technology & Environment.

"For years, Marine Harvest Norway has worked with traditional solutions for the production of smolts on land up to 300 grams. The time has come to look at opportunities for completely or partially closed systems for salmon up to 1 kg," he says.

Under the terms of the proposed demonstration project, AgriMarine's solid-wall, floating closed containment tank would be tested and adapted for the production of salmon in Norway. A successful demonstration of the AgriMarine System may result in a Definitive Agreement with Marine Harvest in the near future.

Geir Spiten, President of AgriMarine Norway, says: "We are confident that the Letter of Intent is the first step in establishing a business relationship with Marine Harvest aimed at the commercialization of AgriMarine's technology for sustainable aquaculture in Norway. This new project follows previous announcements of two other projects in conjunction with Norwegian salmon companies that aim to demonstrate the economic benefits of the AgriMarine System over conventional net cage systems."

Charlotte Johnson

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