Land-based Atlantic salmon farming company Pure Salmon has confirmed it is relocating its planned aquaculture farm project from Landacres, in the north of France 514 miles away to the southern city of Gironde.
The project had been in development since January 2020, with the company set to open it by 2024. However, it ran in to local opposition over concerns about the level of water consumption, expected to be hundreds of cubic meters per day.
Pure Salmon decided against the site in Landacres after establishing that it would not be suitable for securing the amount of salt water needed for production to occur in the area.
Prior to the formal decision to relocate the project to Gironde, a preliminary construction project was presented to an association in the area, promising an investment of €275 million and creating more than 250 direct jobs, “contributing to the economic growth” of the area.
Pure Salmon is now thought to be planning to lay the first stone on the project by 2023, with salmon being produced by the end of 2026. This is two years later than the planned opening of the project in the original location of Landacres.
The salmon farming company will maintain activities in Boulogne-sur-Mer, near the originally planned Landacres site, having taken over a small fish processing company in Capecure. The company later launched two brands: La Petite fabrique de salmon fume and Marly & Dan.