Fish escape prevention in Scotland

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AKVA group and Marine Harvest Scotland have signed an agreement for the supply of Polarcirkel cages and testing of EcoNets for 2010.

The companies will now work together in Scotland to reduce the risk of fish escapes.

"We are very confident that AKVA group will deliver a high quality product that meets our specific design and delivery requirements" says Ben Hadfield, Production Manager for MH Scotland. He adds, "We have been working closely with AKVA group for a number of years using their feeding management products to optimise the performance of our stocks. It therefore makes perfect sense for us to build on this cooperation and work together on pens and fish containment issues. We take the issue of escapes extremely seriously. As a business we are very prepared to invest in new and innovative equipment to reduce the likelihood of escapes occurring. We believe the investment in the Polarcirkel pens and EcoNets will do just that".

AKVA group's General Manager in Scotland, David Thorburn, says: "We are of course proud to work side by side with Marine Harvest in Scotland towards a common goal of preventing fish escapes and improving the good track record of the Scottish salmon farming industry even further. The robust non-corrosive all-plastic Polarcirkel cages are designed to withstand extreme conditions and were first invented by Polarcirkel in Norway as early as in 1974. Since then, AKVA group has delivered more than 40,000 cages for a wide range of sites and climates worldwide. The net-friendly cages use no steel or chain components and dramatically reduce the risk of net chafe and fish escapes, particularly in combination with the new Polarcirkel EcoNets soon to be tested by Marine Harvest. This long-life net technology is made from strong PET wire and is virtually escape proof. The semi rigid structure maintains perfect net shape to maximise water flow (oxygen) and simplifies cleaning using our Idema Net Cleaners", concludes Mr Thorburn.


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