Salmon Evolution: “Everything will happen on land”

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Salmon Evolution has three phases in the operating plan of making land-based salmon farming come true. The company is now moving into the first of the three phases. 

This year, the construction will begin.

Exactly when the first salmon are going to be in the plant, senior sustainability adviser Liv-Hege Seglsten would not reveal during the industry meeting in Ålesund, Western Norway last Thursday.

“I can’t say anything specific about when we will begin, but we will start construction this year,” says Liv-Hege Seglsten.

The industry meeting is organized by the industry group, Aquaculture in Ålesund, a regional network for making dialogue within the industry, exchanging information, and creating knowledge about the expertise that exists in the region.

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Everything on land
The company has been granted a license of 30,000 tonnes a year and requires maximum standing biomass of 13,300 tonnes, and annual production of 28,800 tonnes of salmon. This corresponds to a production of 100 million salmon meals a year.

“We will produce salmon on land, everything will happen on land. This license is the greatest one ever given for land farming in Europe,” says Seglsten.

In November, Salmon Evolution obtained approval for a license application for its own set fish facility at Harøysundet, which will be phase two of three.

To SalmonBusiness, Seglsten says that they are in the phase of raising capital and have engaged participants. However, she does not want to share any details about the process.

“We do not want to reveal any names yet, but we are optimistic about the upcoming events. Construction will begin in 2020, and when it is established and operating, in about two years, phase two will be to set up fishing facilities at Harøysundet,” she says.