Plans for Deep Sea Salmon Farms

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
8 January 2010, at 12:00am

CHILE - A new system for deep-water salmon farming is to be built off the coast of Chile.

The Tripanko Acuicola project will have large rafts anchored off the coast of Chile with Atlantic salmon at great depths.

The Santiago Times reports that the salmon farm complex includes six open ocean feeding centers and covers a total of 1,300 hectares in the region of Punta Olleta (Region X), which hassuffered in the recent industry crisis.

A Norwegian bank has invested almost $40 million in the project and this week, proposals for the projects were submitted for an environmental impact assessment.

The deep sea operations use copper mesh cages, which are said to prevent viruses such as ISA virus and decrease the mortality of the species, the Santiago Times report says.

Similar systems exist in Alaska, Canada, Scotland and Norway.