Largest pens in Scotland now installed

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AKVA group was chosen as the supplier for Mowi Scotland’s first 160m pen installation.

AKVA has installed and secured 10 pens at Mowi’s Loch Seaforth site in Isle of Harris.

In addition, the aquaculture equipment manufacturer has also supplied the sites with two new mooring grids, bird nets and fibreglass poles. AKVA group has also delivered two HDPE nets in partnership with net maker Tufropes.
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“We see this a great endorsement of AKVA group and our products, our Polarcirkel pens and moorings, along with the support and knowledge we offer locally. We worked very closely with Mowi to deliver on time to what was a very tight schedule,” AKVA group Scotland pens, nets and moorings manager Frank Byrne explained in a press release.

Mowi seaforth site. PHOTO: Arthur Campbell/AKVA

This new cage infrastructure will be combined with the existing AKVA barge already in service on one of Mowi Scotland’s largest production sites.

“The installation of 160-metre pens – the largest pens now used in Scotland – are important as we look to raise salmon at exposed locations that offer excellent growing conditions but also offer increasing weather challenges from storms,” explained Mowi Scotland Seaforth site manager Don MacLeod.

“The installation of 160-metre net pens and other associated infrastructure supplied by AKVA group will significantly improve our containment systems and safety. The transfer of salmon into our Seaforth farm provided us a very short window of opportunity, so we are pleased to have worked alongside the experts at AKVA group to deliver and install the materials in time,” he added.