The AgriMarine System™ is transformational clean technology developed in Canada over 10 years. The technology was developed in order to increase salmon farming performance and production, while demonstrating significant energy and environmental advantages. AgriMarine’s solid-walled containment tanks have two potential applications:
• Extension of hatchery production
• Full grow-out of market fish
Closed containment systems have been endorsed and promoted by environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) for years as a means to protect wild salmon stocks from the effects of fish escapes, disease and parasite transfer, chemical discharges, feed waste discharges and negative interactions with predators. A key benefit of closed containment is that it separates the farmed fish from the wild fish without impacting the surrounding environment. This separation enables the spread of disease and parasites to be better controlled. Sea lice are a lethal threat to wild salmon.
The AgriMarine System™ – floating tanks in marine or fresh water bodies
There are a number of companies that are successfully farming salmon using land-based fresh-water closed containment systems. The AgriMarine System™ are rugged floating tanks that combine the environmental and technical benefits of land-based production with the low operational costs of open net pen aquaculture.
Land-based, closed containment systems can not provide the scale necessary to be cost competitive with net cage operations due to high energy costs, land values, high construction costs of land-based tanks and the difficulty in building tanks large enough to hold an economically viable amount of fish. With a floating tank system, energy use (hydro-electric power) is significantly less than that of a land-based project. Energy, and lots of it, is required to move seawater into land-based tanks. In a marine or fresh water environment, AgriMarine’s energy usage accounts for less than 5% of our production costs.