Israeli company AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies Ltd., which specializes in recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology for terrestrial aquaculture, is bringing its unique solution to the west coast of the United States. The facility to be built in Reno, Nevada, is scheduled to produce 15,000 tons of Atlantic salmon in its first phase, with plans to increase the facility’s throughput to 60,000 tons.
Construction of the facility has already begun and is expected to be completed in 2023. Once erected, it will be one of the largest salmon production platforms in the United States. With AquaMaof technology, fish will be farmed year-round in a tightly controlled enclosure, in a terrestrial environment, without the use of chemicals or antibiotics.
“Over the past two years, due to the challenges facing the traditional salmon industry and the increased awareness and demand for healthy, antibiotic-free fish, our product has seen an increase in demand,” noted David Hazut, executive director of AquaMaof. “The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the demand of countries that want to acquire the possibility of supplying the fresh fish needs of their population. As a result, we are currently involved in various stages of 10 different projects for a total value of more than US $ 450 million ”, added the businessman.
“The Covid-19 outbreak shed light on the importance of maintaining a food supply chain during emergencies. Countries that are substantially dependent on fish imports, such as the United States, which imports 90% of its fish, are increasingly realizing the importance of being self-sufficient when it comes to food products in general and fish in particular. We are witnessing this realization in our order books, ”Hazut added.
In recent years, AquaMaof has completed projects in Russia, Poland, Canada, Southeast Asia, Israel, and Slovakia. The company is currently working on several large-scale production facilities with a combined annual capacity of around 75,000 tons in Canada, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Chile, the US and other countries, with other agreements in the stages. end of completion. . About 80% of the planned facilities are for salmon farming, which has been in great demand around the world in recent years.
The world’s fish population has declined in recent years, at a time when, in addition to an increase in consumer demand, fish producers in many countries face stringent regulatory requirements for expensive fishing cage licenses. In addition to limiting the number of fishing licenses issued, traditional farming methods such as open pools on land and cages on the high seas simply cannot keep up with the growing demand. Meanwhile, AquaMaof’s technological solution offers a controlled, efficient and cost-effective alternative, which is not dependent on the proximity of water or specific weather conditions.
The company’s technology enables aquaculture at an industrial level through the use of a unique oxygen dissolution technique, water treatment, disease monitoring and automatic classification methods. This allows for the production of natural, uniform and antibiotic-free fish along with optimized marketing. Since the system works in a closed environment, fish can be grown in optimal climatic conditions throughout the year and in close proximity to markets, which also reduces transportation costs.