Aquaculture, the farming of finfish such as salmon, shellfish and seaweed, is set to grow considerably in the coming decades. The United Nations reports that 31.4% of the world’s wild fish stocks are being over fished and another 58.1% have already been fully fished . Aquaculture can meet the need for more sustainably managed fisheries and the demands of a growing and more affluent world population. The same UN report predicts the supply of farmed fish to overtake that of wild fish by 2021 and to carry on taking more share thereafter.
Simply Blue Aquaculture is part of this growth story. Our role is to help the sector grow, starting with salmon farms in Scotland. We will do this by bringing new technology, new business models and new capital to the industry. This will allow salmon farmers to concentrate on the husbandry of their fish whilst we develop their farms.
The new model is based on the delivery of turnkey solutions. Simply Blue Aquaculture consents, develops, funds and installs the chosen infrastructure on the site so that the salmon farmer can take over a completed system. Long term finance enables the salmon farmer to lease the site rather than pay up front.
New technology will include the introduction of low impact farming solutions that address the issues of the disposal of waste and the exclusion of sea lice. These solutions could be semi-closed loop systems inshore or more robust open systems in the open sea. They will be systems that reduce and work with regulatory constraints, opening up more sites for salmon farming.
Simply Blue Aquaculture is based in Edinburgh and works with Scottish EPC contractors and international finance parties to deliver complete salmon farms. The first projects are expected to be delivered in 2018.
Contact: Christoph Harwood, Director.
aquaculture at simplyblueenergy dot com. FAO 2016. The state of the world fisheries and aquaculture 2016. Contributing to food security and nutrition for all. Rome. 200pp