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AKVA Group ASA: Cermaq Norway signed contract with AKVA group for Polarcirkel EcoNets and Plastic Cages.

Cermaq Goes for AKVA EcoNet

  (NORWAY, 4/30/2014)

Cermaq Norway has recently signed an contract with AKVA group for delivery of Polarcirkel EcoNets and Plastic Cages for a complete salmon farm in Northern Norway. The contract totals 14,5 MNOK (USD 2.5M) and delivery will be in 2Q/3Q - 2014.

The companies have cooperated in testing and further development of the EcoNet concept since early 2012 when the first 120m circumference net was installed at Cermaq in Steigen, Northern Norway. It is the good production results from this testing that now have resulted in using EcoNet in full scale. The nets in this new complete salmon farm will be 160m circumference (51m diameter) and 34m deep.

Snorre Jonassen.

Snorre Jonassen, Director at Cermaq Norway AS, confirms the good productions results from the EcoNet testing. "We transferred 1,5kg salmon into the EcoNet cage in June 2012 and harvested 6,5kg salmon 7 months later, with a biological FCR (Feed Conversion Rate) of 1,09 and Economical FCR of 1,10. I was uncertain how to handle this net during harvest and lice treatments, but we had no problems and used standard Cermaq net handling procedures. Another advantage with EcoNet is also that we eliminate risk of breaking net meshes during lifting as we don't need to use steel hooks to pull up the net on the railing,", said Mr. Jonassen.

When asked why he thinks they achieved this result he replies: "It is most likely the good water flow through of the EcoNet that is the main factor. Simply better water quality and environment for the fish. In addition to this we also consider EcoNet as more escape proof than traditional nets".

The Polarcirkel Cages have a proven track record for use in rough weather, such as here on Norway’s stormy coastline at 70° North.

Trond Severinsen, COO - Export at AKVA group ASA, has been in charge of the company's EcoNet concept since 2009. He agrees with Mr. Jonassen's comments.

"EcoNet is made of PET monofilament that has a very hard and smooth surface. This results in very low water resistance (drag) due to low "total wetted surface area" compared to multifilament (fiber net). Smooth surface also makes net washing in the sea very efficient. In addition, the net panels are thermoformed in the "knitting machine" so that the net mesh and net wall remains stiffer without deformation, even in strong currents. This also means 70-75% lower net weight compared to normal".

Trond Severinsen.

"Nets and equipment therefore becomes easier to work with, and this improves health and safety for the farm workers who will be handling the equipment. Lastly, EcoNet offers our customers a good opportunity to reduce the risk of fish escapes by using this new net technology also for salmon farming", says Mr. Trond Severinsen.

"In addition to the requirements of NS9415-2009 (Norwegian Standard for aquaculture equipment), we have also conducted comprehensive testing at SINTEF in Norway in order to document additional unique EcoNet material properties. They include high tensile strength, chafe resistance and long lifespan. EcoNet is now NS9415 certified to stay in the sea for 14 years. This also eliminates the need for handling or changing nets, and thereby also a considerable escape risk and operating cost. Tests also show that a 20 year old EcoNet from Japan still have 95% remaining tensile strength compared to new netting".

"Close to 150 EcoNets are in use in large scale by Tassal Group in Tasmania, Grieg Seafood Hjaltland on Shetland Islands and Fega Group in Indonesia, in addition to extensive use in Japan", concludes Mr. Severinsen.

EcoNets are in use in large scale by Tassal in Tasmania.

About AKVA group

AKVA group (OSE: AKVA) is a leading technology and service partner to the aquaculture industry worldwide. AKVA group is present in all markets with offices in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Scotland, Iceland, Canada, Australia and Turkey. AKVA group has the capability to offer both cage farming and land based aquaculture operations with complete technical solutions and service.

The company holds strong, well-known brand names and the product line range from feed barges, steel & plastic cages, feed systems, nets, net cleaning, underwater lights, feed cameras, environmental sensors, production and process control software, workboats, recirculation systems to PE piping etc.

Source: AKVA group

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