A wellboat UV water disinfection unit (without UV tubes) on display at BIO-UV's stand at Aqua Nor in Trondheim, Norway, in August.

Franco-Scottish water treatment specialist taps into Innovasea’s US network

Aquaculture supplier will sell BIO-UV equipment in North America

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Scotland and France water treatment systems specialist BIO-UV has announced a partnership with US-headquartered aquaculture supplier Innovasea that it says will dramatically accelerate the delivery of its development strategy in the global aquaculture industry and launch a concerted drive west into the North American market.

Under the agreement, Innovasea will adapt BIO-UV Group’s products for North American requirements and take them to market.

France-based BIO-UV Group has intensified its focus on aquaculture since its 2019 acquisition of East Kilbride company Triogen, which brought advanced ozone and AOP (advanced oxidation processes) solutions into the product portfolio.

It has invested more than €1 million in aquaculture research and development over the past two years, with a strong contribution from its skilled ozone engineering team in Scotland.

Broad reach

Innovasea, based in Boston, Massachusetts, supplies a wide range of equipment for fish farming at sea and on land and is owned by Cuna Del Mar, a US-based sustainable aquaculture investment fund founded by multi-billionaire Christy Walton, the widow of John T Walton, one of the sons of WalMart founder Sam Walton. 

Cuna Del Mar also owns fish genetics expert the Centre for Aquaculture Technologies, open ocean cobia producer Open Blue, and Sol Azul, which grows Pacific oysters in the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve in Baja California.

Innovasea has six branches in North America – five in the US and one in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and offices in Bergen, Norway; Puerto Varas, Chile; Corinth, Greece; and Hobart, Tasmania.

Laurent-Emmanuel Migeon: "Working together, we will open new avenues of business, especially in North America."

“We are absolutely delighted to announce our new partnership with Innovasea,” said Laurent-Emmanuel Migeon, chief executive of BIO-UV Group. “We are confident that, working together, we will open new avenues of business, especially in North America. This partnership is full of opportunities for expansion for both parties, as we share our passion for sustainability and benefit from each other’s expertise, experience, and networks.”

A perfect partner

Simon Marshall, deputy general manager of BIO-UV Group, added: “Aquaculture is an expanding industry critical to protecting our oceans from overexploitation and essential to maintaining global food security for future generations. BIO-UV Group is determined to play its part in supporting and growing this industry, through our UV water disinfection and ozone water treatment solutions. Innovasea has an excellent reputation in the industry and with established channels to market they are a perfect partner to accelerate our growth.”

Marc Turano, Innovasea’s vice president and general manager of land-based aquaculture, said the company was thrilled to be able to offer BIO-UV’s ultraviolet and water treatment technology to its customers.