Chinese offshore mega salmon farm to be erected this year

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New details emerge on the fast developing “Deep Blue No. 2”.

Xinhuanet reports that “Deep Blue 1’s” sister farm “Deep Blue No. 2” will be located about 130 nautical miles off the shore of Rizhao in eastern China’s Shandong Province.

Dong Shuanglin, a professor at the Ocean University of China and the project’s chief scientist, told the publication that it will aim to produce 4,500 tonnes of salmon annually by 2020. The publication also reported that the 80m tall “Shenlan 2” could be erected as soon as the second half of this year.

Last week, SalmonBusiness reported that because of the success of China’s first deep-sea fish farming facility, the company behind it, Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, is now pushing ahead with a second, possibly even third offshore salmon farm.

The “Deep Blue No. 2” project involves a total investment of CNY 4.3 billion (EUR 565 million) and has demarcated a cultivation area of 30 square kilometres.

“Deep Blue 2” has completed the design phase and will hold one million fish. In the next few years, Rizhao Wanzefeng Fishery Co. will also invest in the construction of a number of “deep blue” series of cages, which will form a “deep-sea salmon farming platform” with workboats, processing vessels, transport vessels, R&D facilities and a freshwater hatchery.

The first batch of salmon from the farm is scheduled to hit the market by the end of 2020.