Cermaq puts in license applications for its closed containment salmon farming systems
Norwegian-headquartered salmon and trout farming company Cermaq has applied for 13 development licenses for its floating closed containment farming system FlexiFarm.
FlexiFarm was developed to reduce losses in sea production, protect the environment against undesired impacts, increase productivity, as well as to reduce production costs.
According to Cermaq, the system which treats the inflow of water for all infections before entering the containment, will strengthen the competitive advantages of fish farming in coastal areas and address the concerns raised by politicians, authorities, NGOs, customers and the industry itself.
The inflow of water is first filtered and then treated by UV-light to prevent intake of sea lice, algae, bacteria and viruses.
“By treating the inflow of water for all pathogens and lice, we will be able to dramatically reduce the losses of fish. We have succeeded designing a solution which addresses both the biological and environmental challenges in the industry, and which on top will be profitable to implement,” said Harald Takle, R&D technology manager at Cermaq.
Cermaq believes that FlexiFarm could be used at more than 80 percent of its existing sites in Norway, according to the maximum wave heights.
The new system was designed by Cermaq, Botngaard System, Xylem and Serge Ferrari.