SalMar and Aker have this week officially launched a bold new adventure in aquaculture – their global offshore salmon farming project.

SalMar Aker Ocean will start in Norway, but it eventually plans to go worldwide, operating offshore and semi-offshore fish farming.

In an announcement this week, the two companies said by combining Aker and SalMar’s industry experience, leading competence in salmon production, software, and “clean tech” they aim to create the world’s most reliable and intelligent offshore operation.

They stressed that the project will include the highest requirements for fish welfare and a zero-emissions value chain ambition.

The statement added: “SalMar Aker Ocean will be at the forefront of ensuring sustainable growth on the salmon’s terms.

“The company will initially focus on establishment of offshore fish farming in Norwegian waters, which will require establishment of a regulatory framework for offshore fish farming.

“SalMar Aker Ocean will collaborate with Norwegian authorities, the aquaculture industry, and other interested parties for the establishment of a regulatory framework.

SalMar CEO Gustav Witzøe said: “SalMar Aker Ocean and its owners look forward to join forces developing offshore aquaculture as an important contributor to the future supply of healthy seafood globally.

“The efficient closing process underlines SalMar’s and Aker’s dedication to be at the forefront of ensuring sustainable growth in the aquaculture industry.”

Atle Eide will chair the SalMar Aker Ocean board , while Gustav Witzøe, Kjell Inge Røkke, Øyvind Eriksen and Torger Rød will sit as directors.

The search is currently on for a new CEO following the decision of Olav Andreas Ervik to step down early next year, citing the strain of long distance commuting as one of the reasons. He will continue as an adviser to the company.

 

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