January 11, 2022

Blue Aqua looks to create Singapore's first high-tech rainbow trout farm



Blue Aqua has announced that it's looking to develop Singapore's first high-tech rainbow trout farm as part of a plan to invest SG$45 million (US$33.2 million) to grow its aquaculture operations.

With plans for an annual production capacity of 1,200 tonnes of rainbow trout, Blue Aqua - a technology provider which also operates a shrimp farm in Singapore - aims to cater for local demand for high quality fish. The project will showcase a proprietary ModulRAS system developed by Assentoft Aqua, Denmark, which specialises in sustainable land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).

Singapore has set its sights on a plan to meet 30% of its local food production by 2030. According to Blue Aqua, the trout farming project will incorporate super-intensive technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to help achieve local, sustainable fish production.

The project will also look into developing green technology for energy and carbon efficient urban farming through partnerships with clean energy technology firms. Blue Aqua aims for its trout farming system to eventually be deployed across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

"Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Farshad and the team at Blue Aqua for their visionary move into super intensive urban farming. Assentoft Aqua understands that Blue Aqua has undertaken a very rigorous due diligence and technology validation process where leading RAS technologies from across the world were evaluated. Today's announcement is a further attestation of Assentoft's technology and its mark of quality for urban farms of the future," said Prof Matthew Tan, chief executive officer of Assentoft Aqua Asia, in a press release.

Dr. Farshad Shishehchian, CEO and founder of Blue Aqua International Group, said: "The future lies in sustainable, smart farming systems that are not bound by environmental constraints. Blue Aqua has been a strong advocate for super-intensive, species-focused farming since its inception, and we are excited to grow our efforts to develop a scalable aquaculture technology, with farmed trout and shrimp, to serve as an important and efficient protein food source for decades to come."

- The Fish Site