A diagram of the Andfjord Salmon facility, one of 14 planned on-land plants granted food fish licences in Norway.

The rising tide of on-land salmon farming

Authorities in Norway have now granted licences for almost 90,000 tonnes of harvest-size salmon a year to be grown in on-land plants, while in the United States recirculating aquaculture systems may account for more than 360,000 tonnes annually by 2030.

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With major on-land volumes also planned in China and projects on the drawing board in other parts of the world, financial analysts have estimated that between 500,000, and 730,000 tonnes of salmon a year will be produced on land by the end of the decade.

Meanwhile Knut Nesse, chief executive of global aquaculture supplier AKVA group, has said he believes RAS projects will be worth between NOK 130 billion and NOK 180bn in that time.

Fish Farming Expert has collated details about what’s happening with on-land salmon projects in Norway, the US and elsewhere.

These include a look at an energy saving flow-through fish farm being built below sea level on a Norwegian island, and the latest developments from Pure Salmon, which plans to produce 260,000 tonnes of salmon annually in a worldwide network of 10,000-tonne and 20,000-tonne RAS facilities.

Read a lot more about how far on-land salmon has come, and where it’s going, in the current issue of Fish Farming Expert online magazine, available to access on this website.