Pioneering land-based fish farms

Fish is a vital source of protein for the global population. Nordic Aquafarms’ land-based fish farms produce high-quality fish with minimal environmental footprint.

At a glance

  • Land-based fish farms can be located close to customers
  • Eco-friendly, removes up to 99% of nutrients from discharge
  • Reduced use of water and chemicals, and no fish escapes

Coastal fish farming is associated with a number of problems. These include discharge of antibiotics, build-up of waste feed and faeces on the seabed, fish escapes, sea lice, and transmission of disease between farmed and wild fish.

Since conventional fish farms can seldom be located near population centres, transportation costs and emissions are high. Transporting fresh fish costs over USD 2/kg. Meanwhile, air freight produces three times the CO₂ emissions as road transport.

Optimal water quality, minimal environmental impact

Nordic Aquafarms’ land-based fish farms avoid many of these issues. The facilities are recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), and offer excellent water exchange, removing up to 99 per cent of nutrients from discharge. This enables fish farmers to maintain high water quality, while dramatically minimising environmental impact – the discharge for producing 100 Atlantic salmon is the same as for one salmon in a sea pen.

The company’s land-based fish farms also eliminate sea lice – which cannot pass through the filter systems – and fish escapes.

Nordic Aquafarms’ solutions are suitable for both common production species and niche species. A facility for farming sashimi-grade Yellow Kingfish is already in operation in Denmark, with an adjacent hatchery that produces all fish fry needed.

Concrete benefits

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch identifies Atlantic salmon raised in land-based recirculating aquaculture systems as the most environment-friendly choice.

Moreover, Nordic Aquafarms’ solutions yield top-quality fish and provide traceability. Facilities can be constructed in many different locations, given an adequate supply of fresh or brackish water.

Market potential

At present there is greatest potential for land-based fish farms in countries with a large market and high standard of living, such as the US and major cities in Asia. The market for farmed Atlantic salmon is particularly promising. Current production is 2 million metric tons, and it is projected that land-based production could expand to cover 10 per cent of that.

Nordic Aquafarms is constructing Europe’s largest land-based facility for Atlantic salmon in Norway. A cutting-edge facility for Atlantic salmon is also under planning in Maine, USA, which will further reduce water use and increase nutrient removal, with zero use of chemicals and antibiotics, and zero waste.

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Erik Heim
Erik Heim
CEO
+47 900 74 907
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Company info

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Nordic Aquafarms AS
Øraveien 2, NO-1630 Gamle Fredrikstad, Norway
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At a glance

  • Land-based fish farms can be located close to customers
  • Eco-friendly, removes up to 99% of nutrients from discharge
  • Reduced use of water and chemicals, and no fish escapes

Get in touch

Erik Heim
Erik Heim
CEO
+47 900 74 907
Contact

Company info

Company Logo
Nordic Aquafarms AS
Øraveien 2, NO-1630 Gamle Fredrikstad, Norway
Contact