LOCH LONG SALMON – A NEW LOW IMPACT APPROACH TO SALMON FARMING
Loch Long Salmon – a new low impact approach to salmon farming. Loch Long Salmon Ltd (LLS) is an aquaculture company that is creating sustainable growth in Scotland’s coastal salmon farming sector. LLS will utilise semi-closed farming systems that will exclude sea lice, catch most of the organic waste, and improve the health and welfare of the farmed stock.
Loch Long Salmon is as a joint venture salmon farming company established by Trimara Services, an aquaculture services company, in partnership with Simply Blue Aquaculture, part of blue economy developer, Simply Blue Energy. Five farming locations are being identified where semi-closed farming systems can be deployed to grow fish from smolt transfer through to harvest size. The first farm will be in Loch Long at a site called Beinn Reithe
“We are very excited to be bringing semi-closed farming technology to Scotland,” said Stewart Hawthorn, Director of LLS and former Farming Director at Dawnfresh. “These systems will eliminate sea lice by preventing the parasites from establishing a breeding population on the farmed salmon. Semi-closed systems have been used in Norway for over 8 years and studies show the success after many farming cycles. Our philosophy is that we should eliminate rather than treat the problem – and we can do that with these systems.”
Christoph Harwood, also Director of LLS, said:
“Uniquely the LLS farms will be adapted to capture and remove most of the salmon’s organic waste which in conventional aquaculture settings settles on the seabed. Our system will capture the waste, pump it ashore and concentrate it into a valuable resource. It can then be used as an on-land fertilizer or in anaerobic digestion energy production. LLS is committed to being part of the circular economy in Scotland.”
The semi-closed technology is ideally suited for deployment in Scotland. These farming enclosures separate the fish from the ocean environment by surrounding the farm with an impermeable bag. Deep water is pumped into the farming enclosure via very energy efficient low-head pumps. The clean, deep water is free from juvenile sea lice and harmful plankton – these damaging organisms will not have a chance to enter the system. Oxygen can be added to the water as required to ensure that the salmon are always held in ideal conditions.
“I’m looking forward to farming fish in ideal conditions in the natural ocean environment. By using this type of farming system, we will have healthier fish that do not need to be constantly treated for sea lice. This means that the fish can be left to grow in a stress-free, clean environment. Salmon farming has been vital for Scotland’s rural economy. By using these low impact systems we will ensure that the industry continues to prosper and support the livelihood of people in our rural environment” said Hawthorn.
LLS has engaged Johnston Carmichael, one of Scotland’s leading corporate finance advisory firms, to assist in raising the first tranche of £3m to support the initial phase of development.
About Loch Long Salmon Ltd.
Loch Long Salmon is a new salmon farming company based in Scotland. It was set up by Simply Blue Energy, a blue economy project developer, through its Simply Blue Aquaculture subsidiary and Trimara Services UK Ltd., an aquaculture sales and service supply company. Christoph Harwood is MD of Simply Blue Aquaculture and Stewart Hawthorn is a founding Director of Trimara Services. Loch Long Salmon has been established to set-up Scotland’s first fully integrated salmon farming company that exclusively uses semi-closed farming system that will exclude sea lice and allow for most of the organic salmon waste to be captured and removed from the marine environment. The objective is to establish a company that can raise 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes of salmon per annum.