AquaMaof’s Atlantic salmon R&D facility in Poland sees success
AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies says its salmon hatchery, smolt, and market-size Atlantic Salmon Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) R&D facility near Warsaw, Poland, has seen great success since operations began in 2016.
A noted developer of recirculating aquaculture technology and turn-key projects, AquaMaof has identified areas of significant growth potential for salmon production companies by way of its 600-metric-ton-per-annum Global Fish facility in Poland.
"We see significant growth potential in the supply of recirculating aquaculture systems to salmon production companies,” said David Hazut, AquaMaof’s CEO. “The investment in Poland will serve two main purposes: First, we are operating this facility as an R&D centre, collecting valuable information and analysing it, for further innovation in the RAS area. Secondly, it serves as a training facility for our customers' staff."
Housing RAS rearing units with tanks ranging in size from one to 200 cubic meters, the Global Fish facility runs in accordance to strict standard operating procedures, which maximize growth conditions for salmon, according to AquaMaof. The facility employs the company’s advanced Zero Discharge Technology, which utilizes proprietary water reuse techniques, and operates on efficient power consumption, dramatically reducing costs of energy. Moreover, no antibiotics and no chemicals are incorporated when rearing salmon at the facility and environmental conditions are constantly monitored, a point of pride and a priority for Israel-headquartered AquaMaof.
“Biosecurity is paramount, and complete environmental control ensure that salmons are grown in an environment which promotes the highest health and welfare status,” the company said in a press release. “No drum filters require minimal maintenance, while optimized feeding modes and advanced feeding management system – enable reduction of the Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and operational costs.”
"We are extremely proud of the fact that in such short a time we were able to achieve very good results in growing smolts up to market-size salmons, in terms of operation costs, FCR and not less important – excellent taste and color of the fish," Hazut said of the progress seen at the Global Fish facility in Poland.
The results hold promise for the other endeavors currently being facilitated by AquaMaof, Hazut added.
"Apart from the Global Fish facility, we have several additional projects around the world in different stages, for smolt and harvest-size salmon production facilities, implementing our proprietary technology, and we expect more projects to commence in the coming months."
Those other projects include a contract with Grieg NL to build the world’s largest indoor salmon aquaculture facility in Newfoundland, as well as initiatives with AquaMaof’s own salmon aquaculture business unit in Scotland, headed by Dr. Andrew C. Preston.