Fish in Atlantis: A milestone has been reached
Atlantis Subsea Farming has for the first time deployed fish in its submersible pen. Now, the project is excitedly following the life of the fish in the deep. In March last year the company was awarded a development license. Project Manager Trude Olafsen said: 'One year after being awarded the development license, the first fish are in the system, and we're quite happy with that.'
'We have had our challenges, and what we are trying to achieve is not easy. But this is exactly why we need the development license. It gives us the opportunity to test the technology on actual biomass for three generations – and we are grateful for that,' she continues.
The first version of the submersible pen is now product-certified, and the project is now entering a phase of where the behavior and well-being of the fish will be closely monitored.
At the same time operational staff at Sinkaberg Hansen, AKVA group and the service company Nærøysund Aquaservice, which also played a part in the development work, are acquiring valuable experience on deep operations.
The goal is to have the pen submerged as much as possible, and at the surface as little as possible. The submersible pens can, in principle, be moored with regular frame moorings. The investments are justifiable in relation to the operational benefits it is expected that Atlantis will provide.
Finn Sinkaberg said, 'I have great faith that this may be a solution in certain locations with rough conditions at the surface. We have developed a lot of experience in keeping the fish deep in ordinary pens by using deep feeding and appropriate lighting, and see benefits from that in the form of less sea lice infestation, among other things. If the technology from Atlantis Subsea Farming also allows us to use more exposed locations, this is a solution for the future.'