Two new land-based salmon farmers will produce up to 55,000 tonnes of fish annually

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Gaia Salmon and Eco Seafood are both planning land-based salmon farming facilities in Central Norway.

In 2019 Gaia Salmon got permission to produce 7,200 tonnes of salmon annually on land in Træna, Northern Norway. On the ownership side are Morten Bjørkan and his sons Bjarne and Even. In addition, MG Farmer holds 25 per-cent of the shares in the company. Behind this company is Geir Skarstad, the CEO of aquaculture tech provider SkaMik. Also involved is Roald Dolmen, who is on the ownership side of the aquaculture group NTS, and head of strategy and business development there.

Dolmen confirmed to the news site NT24 that Gaia Salmon also has land-based salmon plans on the Kråkøya industrial area north of Rørvik, Central Norway. The company has an agreement with the local municipality for 100 acres of land, the publication reported.

“At Kråkøya we envisage annual production of up to 15,000 tonnes,” said Dolmen, stressing that the project is in its early stages.

NT24 added that Eco Seafood has also secured an area in the same area for a land-based salmon farm. The company was founded this summer and is owned by Vegard Skillingstad Livik (51 per-cent) and Thomas Williksen (49 per-cent). The company has submitted a licence application, suggesting an annual production of 40,000 tonnes of salmon in a throughput facility.

“We are in the very early stages. Now we are intensifying efforts to raise capital,” said Livik.