The Gigha ferry coming in to land at Tayinloan. (Photo: NessabyRedWeb)
Biggest onshore salmon farm ever to be built in Tayinloan
Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
Dunkeld-based FishFrom is about to submit a planning application for the world’s biggest onshore salmon farm.
The GBP 15 million (EUR 18.1 million) farm will operate within a 3.5-ac site at Tayinloan and produce 3,000 tonnes of salmon a year, as opposed to the average sea-based farm’s 1,500 tonnes. The company intends to sell 800,000 salmon a year.
Moreover, FishFrom is cooking up plans for another onshore farm in Scotland and hopes to spread the model out worldwide to help meet the world’s burgeoning demand for fish.
Salmon will be acquired as smolts and raised to 5kg-adults in nine months pumped with 32 million litres of fresh and sea water every hour. The extremely high density of fish in the tanks will make the venture economically viable, as well as the use of green energy, Scotsman reports.
“We have carried out extensive feasibility studies and completed our business plan. This will be the largest onshore salmon farm in the world,” said FishFrom Director Andrew Robertson.
“We plan to start operations next year. The GBP 15 million will take it through to its first year of harvesting. But the farm will produce GBP 12 million (EUR 14.5 million) of sales annually,” he told.
The fish will be fed with pellets made from ragworms, algae and amino acids instead of fish meal, and the waste will be turned into fertiliser instead of “clogging up the ocean,” Robertson added.
Two years ago, SalmoBreed AS established SalmoBreed Scotland Ltd, and FishFrom will be using all the expertise of SalmoBreed's Norwegian operation, benefitting from all of the years of R&D through “tailor-made” ova production, Compute Scotland reports.
He also noted that there is no need to deal with sea lice, seals or storms, which will make closed containment farming “a big part of the future.”
“This valuable industry, in terms of jobs and revenue, as well as its contribution to removing the pressure from killing wild salmon, deserves our support,” Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST) Chief Executive Tony Andrews said.
“The problem is that salmon farming as currently practised has been shown to damage the environment and wildlife in certain locations in both fresh and salt water,” he stated. “For AST this issue is a major challenge because, while we recognise the achievements of the industry in terms of the economic and social boost it has provided to local communities, we know that it cannot continue as it is.”
By Natalia Real