The hatchery will be strategically located far from the other salmon farms to ensure the use of Antarctic clean water.
Sixty South builds new 'sustainable salmon hatchery' in Tierra del Fuego
Friday, March 15, 2019, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
Atlantic salmon producing firm Sixty South is building a new sustainable hatchery farm 45 kilometres north of Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego.
According to the firm producing high-quality, ASC-certified salmon in Antarctic waters without any antibiotics, this 4-stage facility will enable it to produce 12 million smolts of 120 grams per year, or 3 million every quarter.
“What's unique is the facilities being all indoors to ensure greatest control over the entire production process,” reads the firm’s statement.
The hatchery boasts sophisticated monitoring and water quality control systems and strong bio-security reducing the risk of water contamination.
In addition, Sixty South has strategically located the hatchery far away from any other farms (which are located further north) to ensure clean water from the Antarctic without any parasites or disease, reducing biological risk and delivering high-quality smolts. The location also enables short transportation time from hatchery to farm.
The facility promoters explain that it supports water recyclability and recirculation to limit the amount of water used throughout the production process, while also offering superior environmental responsibility benefits.
'This important investment confirms the commitment of the company towards sustainability as this new facility is eco-friendly, with state-of-the-art technology to control the water quality and the emissions to the environment. We expect to secure our smolts supply while improving the bio-security. Soon 100% of the farming cycle of Sixty South Salmon will be in Tierra del Fuego, in the Magallanes region," points out Nicos Nicolaides, CEO of the company.
Sixty South new hatchery development in the North of Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile
The hatchery, which will be the first one for Sixty South's parent company Nova Austral to own, is currently in final stages of development and is planned to be 100 per cent complete in August 2019.
Nova Austral is a Chilean salmon farmer and processor, owned by the companies Altor Fund III and Bain Capital. The company's entire operations are located in Chile's Region XII, in the Magellan and Antarctic Region.