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Proximar reports Japanese salmon RAS milestone

Atlantic Salmon Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) +3 more

Proximar has announced that the first batch of Atlantic salmon to be stocked into its RAS farm have been successfully transferred from the nursery department to the post smolt grow-out facility (PSG).

The first post-smolt growout module in Proximar's RAS facility

The company is the first to produce Atlantic salmon in Japan © Proximar

“It is a great milestone to finally initiate operations in the PSG facility. We have been waiting with excitement for this day, and I am pleased to see that the move into the new building has been successful. Our team has done a fantastic job in preparing for this transfer,” said Dharma Rajeswaran, COO of Proximar, in a press release..

According to the company, following the completion of construction works in September, installation and testing of the RAS equipment has progressed swiftly in the first module of the PSG, and the grow out-building has been prepared to receive the first batches in accordance with the schedule. Installation of RAS equipment in the remaining three modules will continue in the coming months, aligned with the required capacity and production plan.

The first fish were brought into Proximar’s hatchery in 2022 and have since been through the first feeding and nursery department, before being smoltified and transferred to the PSG.

During this period, Proximar says that the fish have grown well, with few mortalities. They are due to be harvested in Q3 2024.

“As the first commercial producer of Atlantic salmon in Japan, we are enthusiastic about reaching this phase of the production with top tier fish from our own smolt production. Given that the PSG facility is based on the same technology as the nursery, we are confident that we will be able to continue to provide Atlantic salmon with excellent fish welfare- and growth-conditions going forward”, said Joachim Nielsen, CEO of Proximar.

There are currently nine batches in operation in Proximar’s Oyama facility, with the tenth batch joining by the end of December.

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