Anglesey farm managed to produce 1,000 tonnes of sea bass a year in its good times. (Photo: Anglesey Aquaculture)
Marine Harvest to refloat Anglesey aquaculture farm to produce wrasse
Tuesday, October 03, 2017, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
Farmed salmon giant firm Marine Harvest has new plans for the sea bass farm operated by Anglesey Aquaculture on Anglesey Island, on the northwest coast of Wales until 2015, when production was forced to a halt.
The facility at Penmon, valued at GBP 12 million, once produced thousands of tonnes of sea bass at the site until the United Kingdom was swamped with low cost sea bass from Turkey and Greece - making it impossible to compete, the Daily Post North Wales reported.
Marine Harvest plans to turn the farm into a modern plant to produce wrasse in order to use them as cleaners to combat sea lice at the salmon farms it has in Scotland.
“The use of wrasse as a sustainable solution to the challenge of sea lice is increasingly common in salmon farming and demand for wrasse and other so-called cleanerfish is expected to increase in future years,” a spokesperson for Marine Harvest explained.
Re-fitting the hatchery is expected to begin in January 2018 and recruiting is currently being carried out to fill up to 12 positions in the modernised facility.