Licences give green light for Arctic offshore farming

Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries has granted 7.68 development licences (totalling 5,990 tonnes MAB) for the development of Arctic offshore farming by Norway Royal Salmon (NRS), Aker and Aker Solutions.

They have developed a semi-submersible offshore fish farm designed for harsh areas in Norwegian sea waters.

It is designed to combine knowledge from the fish farming industry with offshore expertise to develop the aquaculture industry of the future.

The original open-sea concept required four units and 15 licences, but the revised concept proposes to use a site at the mouth of a fjord with two units and 7.68 associated development licences.

Because the project has been scaled down to half of the original size, Aker has opted out of the pilot and realisation phase. Aker Solutions will continue as a technology and collaboration partner.

NRS hopes to put the first fish in the sea during the summer of 2020.

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