Cermaq pushes ahead with infection containment system roll-out

The aim of FlexiFarm is to reduce losses in sea production The aim of FlexiFarm is to reduce losses in sea production

Cermaq has applied for 13 development licenses for FlexiFarm, its closed containment system which treats water to prevent infection.

FlexiFarm is a floating closed containment system based on flow-through technology that treats inflow of water for all infections before entering the containment.

“At Cermaq we focus on innovations that improve sustainable farming on existing location in coastal areas,” said Knut Ellekjær, managing director, Cermaq Norway.

Mr Ellekjær added that the goal for FlexiFarm is to reduce losses in sea production, protect the environment against undesired impacts, increase productivity, and at the same time reduce production costs.

He said that FlexiFarm can be used at more than 80% of existing sites in Norway, so can strengthen the competitiveness in existing operations and secure future value creation in the coastal areas.

Reducing losses

The most severe challenge for Norwegian salmon farming are the losses due to pathogens and their treatments, including sea lice.

FlexiFarm helps ensure there are no lice or infections within the containment and no lice or infections let out from the containment. It uses a wall of tarp made of flexible composite which is escape safe and does not need maintenance during the production cycle.

“It is a major goal for the development of FlexiFarm that investment and operation cost will remain low and that the anticipated effect will ensure that production cost per kg salmon is reduced,” added Magnus Stendal, general manager at Botngaard System AS.

FlexiFarm has been developed by Cermaq together with Botngaard System, Xylem and Serge Ferrari as technology Suppliers.

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