Here, Alsaker is planning a land-based fish farm for the production of 100,000 tonnes of salmon

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Enormous ambitions at Tysnes in Norway.

An announcement from Tysnes municipality states that Alsaker Fjordbruk is applying for a license to establish a new land-based facility for farming harvestable and juvenile fish at Nedrevåge, some 70km south of Bergen.

The giant facility, which could become one of the world’s largest land-based fish farms, is planned to be built on a developed industrial area on the site.

In the application to the municipality, the Alsaker Group emphasized a flexible model – with both hatchery fish and harvestable fish.

“The application concerns the production of 100,000 tonnes of ready-to-slaughter food fish from salmonids at Nedrevåge in Tysnes municipality. At the same time, applications have been made for flexibility in production, where up to half of the license can constitute hatchery fish for release at food fish sites at sea. The plant will be located on an already regulated and planned industrial area in Nedrevåge.”

The application documents outline an option for producing, for example, 18.5 – 50 million post-smolts between 1kg and 2.7kg, for release at their own production sites at sea.

“The entire plant will be operated using seawater and desalinated seawater, and will be independent of its own freshwater source,” it continued.

If Alsaker gets the building plans approved, the group will be able to almost quadruple its salmon production.

On Thursday, SalmonBusiness was able to reveal sole owner Gerhard Alsaker’s far-reaching plans to build a new 2,531 square metre mansion. It will also be built in Tysnes municipality, more specifically in Onarheim.