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Bigger and better FishGLOBE given 1,560-tonne biomass

Several versions of the FishGLOBE have been made, increasing in size each time. Photo: FishGLOBE.
Several versions of the FishGLOBE have been made, increasing in size each time. Photo: FishGLOBE.

An updated version of the FishGLOBE floating closed containment salmon cage has been granted two development licences by Norway’s Fisheries Directorate.

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It will allow the cage’s developers a maximum standing biomass of 1,560 tonnes in the FishGLOBE V6, which has a capacity for 2,325 tonnes of salmon.

FishGLOBE is a floating and closed production unit for fish farming. Several prototypes of the concept, each larger than the last, have been tested. 

‘Significant improvements’

The fourth edition of FishGLOBE, the V5, is currently undergoing testing at a site in the Forsand municipality in Rogaland. The V5, which is intended for post-smolt production, is a 3,600m³ plant with a capacity of 250 tonnes of fish.

FishGLOBE’s sister company, RyFish, has a research for up to 780 tonnes of fish for the V5.

The Fisheries Directorate said the V6 “involves significant improvements compared to existing closed and semi-closed facilities, including earlier versions of the concept”.

Well documented

It also believes that FishGLOBE has sufficiently demonstrated that the concept will be both structurally and operationally sound. This is based on the fact that the Fishglobe V5 is well documented and that the V6 is based on the experience of the V5. 

In addition, it is pointed out that V5 is under test with fish, and that this will give significant experience that will later be used in the work with V6.

“Overall, the Directorate of Fisheries considers that the FishGLOBE V6 meets the criterion of ‘significant innovation’,” said the Directorate.

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