New RAS system from AquaMaof
The Israeli company, AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies, has established the largest industrialised tilapia farming facility in Europe. The facility, in Poland, is spread out over an area of 8,000m2 and will produce some 1,200 tons of tilapia per annum.
The cost of its construction, in the region of €12m, is expected to be recouped within five years of operation. The first stocking of the imported fingerlings was in July 2012, and in February 2013 fresh whole fish were sent to the Polish market.
Israeli and American experts founded AquaMaof to satisfy the demand for fish that the traditional industry of breeding fish in open ponds can not meet. The company has developed an innovative patent-protected technology for Industrial Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS).
The AquaMaof’s method makes it possible to breed fish under controlled temperature conditions in all types of weather, in any country and during any season, independently of external factors, meaning a greater profit can be made because of the low production cost.
Although this means breeding under cover in tanks, an additional patent makes it possible to save more than 70% of the energy and manpower as compared to other RAS in the world.
At present, several projects are being developed, including a project near Moscow which is to produce 500 tons of trout annually, and will be opened in 2013.
The company has signed agreements with several other investment groups to construct additional facilities in Israel, Africa and South East Asia.
At SPE AquaMaof will present a new Industrial Recirculation Aquaculture System for seabream. The company has finished design of new facility producing 2,000 tons of seabream and is beginning construction in Israel in the middle of Negev desert. The project has no pollution for the environment, because of using the zero water discharge solution. The project will be open in January 2014.
The facility is designed for salt water and can be adjusted for many sea fish species.
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