Akva signs deals with Marine Harvest, Lighthouse


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 24, 2010

Akva Group on Monday announced that it signed deals with Marine Harvest for fish cages and with Lighthouse Caledonia for software systems.

The Norwegian aquaculture technology firm will deliver its Polarcirkel cages to Marine Harvest Scotland between the first and third quarters of this year. Polarcirkel cages are made of plastic and designed to hold up to inclement weather.

Akva called its deal with Marine Harvest Scotland, which is valued at approximately NOK 18 million (USD 3.1 million, EUR 2.2 million), an “important breakthrough” in the UK market.

Akva’s software-systems agreement with Lighthouse Caledonia involves its Fishtalk Control and Fishtalk Value Chain Planner. Fishtalk Control is a data-management, reporting and analysis software system, while Fishtalk Value Chain Planner is a biological and financial production planning tool.

Also on Monday, Akva announced that it shuffled its management team.

Rolf Andersen resigned as CFO to seek new career opportunities. He will be replaced on a temporary basis by Deputy CEO Morten Nærland, who has been with the company since 2001.

Patrick Dempster, general manager of Akva Group North America, will step down from his position later this year when he returns to Chile with his family. He will be replaced by Wade Kaskiw, CFO of Akva’s Canadian operations.

Also, Keith Richford will be the new sales and market manager for the North American market and will move with his family to the Campbell River, British Columbia, office. Currently, he is in charge of production-control systems sales in the Halifax, Nova Scotia, office.

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