Norwegian salmon farmer Bremnes Seashore has teamed up with aquaculture equipment and solutions provider Ocea to jointly develop the latter’s environmental friendly delousing solution, reported Norwegian media
Under a newly signed deal, the two companies have agreed to together further develop Ocea’s Thermolicer, which Ocea is bringing for the first time to Norway, said iLaks.no.
As part of the deal, Ocea will also supply Bremnes Seashore a new 400 metric ton feeding fleet, a renovation of a feeding station and other equipment for a combined value of NOK 28 million.
Ocea has worked on Thermolicer, a thermal solution for delousing fish, since 2007. It has patented the technique, which is being applied commercially in Chile already. The technique is now ready for commercial use in Norway, said the company.
Thermolicer works by pumping the fish into a lukewarm water bath for under 30 seconds. The lice cannot withstand the sudden temperature change and dies. The fish is then released lice-free into the sea, while the lice is collected and destroyed.
The technique has yielded very good results in Chile, with very low mortality both right after the treatment and over a longer period, said Ocea’s Karl Petter Myklebust.
Together with Bremnes, the company wants to further develop the process, with a focus on increasing its capacity while maintaining the fish’s wellbeing.
Via John Bostock