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Illustration of the planned Kingfish Maine RAS facility which will produce between 6,000-8,000 tonnes of yellowtail annually. Image: Ramboll / The Kingish Company.
Illustration of the planned Kingfish Maine RAS facility which will produce between 6,000-8,000 tonnes of yellowtail annually. Image: Ramboll / The Kingish Company.

Yellowtail grower The Kingfish Company has signed a new contract with Ramboll Americas for pre-construction design and engineering services for its new recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility at Jonesport in Maine in the United States.

The Kingfish Company, which grows yellowtail at its Kingfish Zeeland RAS plant in the Netherlands, plans to produce between 6,000 and 8,000 tonnes in the US annually.

It has already worked with Ramboll, a Denmark-headquartered global engineering, design and consultancy company, on the early stages of the project.

“Based on collaboration with Ramboll over the past year, and their experience with RAS facilities in Scandinavia, we are confident in this global partnership and the anticipated operational results of our advanced RAS technology facility in Maine,” the fish farmer’s founder and chief executive Ohad Maiman said in a press release.

Large-scale production

Ramboll said that while the project is the largest of its kind for Ramboll in the Americas, the company has led several major projects in the aquaculture industry around the world. Most recently, Ramboll was selected to help design and build the first large-scale, land-based salmon farm in Sweden.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership on this project, which is aligned with Ramboll’s mission to create sustainable societies where people and nature flourish, and to help design and build the high-tech infrastructure needed to make efficient, large-scale production of yellowtail in the US a reality,” said Mark Travers, Ramboll’s executive vice president, global practice development.