Sustainable aquaculture will be essential as the demand for fish grows around the world.
The certification of Ocean Farm 1 to a new DNV GL standard for offshore fish farming installations represents a vital first step towards the utilization of new ocean spaces for aquaculture.
Ocean Farm 1 is the first of several aquaculture projects planned for more exposed ocean installation in Norway, and with the experience we and the industry gain from this installation we hope that this marks the beginning of a new era for sustainable aquaculture,
...noted Geir Fuglerud, DNV GL’s Director of Offshore Classification.
Owned and operated by SalMar, the unit was delivered in June 2017 from Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group in Qingdao, China, and transported to Norway for installation.
According to DNV GL, Ocean Farm 1 is in part a pilot project to test the concept of offshore fish farms in exposed locations.
The expansion of fish farms into exposed locations is based on a combination of two well-known concepts – offshore technology and fish farming. Applying offshore and maritime competence in a new context offers new possibilities in open ocean aquaculture,
...said Olav Andreas Ervik, CEO of SalMar Ocean.