Big launch of a global offshore project – Fish Farmer Magazine
SalMar and Aker officially launched a bold new aquaculture adventure this week – their global offshore salmon farming project.
SalMar Aker Ocean will start in Norway, but eventually plans to expand worldwide, operating offshore and semi-offshore fish farms.
In an announcement this week, the two companies said that by combining the industrial experience of Aker and SalMar, their cutting-edge skills in salmon production, software and “clean technology,” they aim to create the world’s most reliable and smart offshore operation.
They stressed that the project will include the highest requirements for fish welfare and a zero emission value chain ambition.
The statement added: “SalMar Aker Ocean will be at the forefront of ensuring sustainable growth in salmon conditions.
“The company will initially focus on establishing an offshore fish farm in Norwegian waters, which will require the establishment of a regulatory framework for offshore fish farming.
“SalMar Aker Ocean will work with Norwegian authorities, the aquaculture industry and other interested parties to establish a regulatory framework.
SalMar CEO Gustav Witzøe said: “SalMar Aker Ocean and its owners look forward to joining forces to develop offshore aquaculture as a significant contributor to the future supply of healthy seafood to the world.
“The effective closure process underscores the dedication of SalMar and Aker to being at the forefront of ensuring sustainable growth in the aquaculture industry. “
Atle Eide will chair the board of directors of SalMar Aker Ocean, while Gustav Witzøe, Kjell Inge Røkke, Øyvind Eriksen and Torger Rød would serve as directors.
The search for a new CEO is currently underway following Olav Andreas Ervik’s decision to step down early next year, citing one of the reasons for the long-distance travel pressure. He will continue as an advisor to the company.