January 23, 2020
Pure Salmon to build US$194-million facility in France, its biggest yet
Land-based salmon farming company Pure Salmon will build its biggest facility to date worth €175 million (US$194 million) in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France, Fish Farmer reported.
The plant targets to produce 10,000 tonnes of salmon per year using the RAS (recirculating aquaculture system) technology, it was revealed Monday, Jan. 20, at the Choose France Summit held in the Château of Versailles and hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. It will also be the largest salmon RAS facility in the European Union.
The state-of-the-art facility will be fully integrated from hatchery and grow-out to processing and smoking, as per report. Construction is set to start in the fourth quarter, with the first harvest of market-size salmon expected by 2023.
Boulogne-Sur-Mer is a city on the north coast of France that is considered the seafood gateway to Europe. It is the company's second site in Europe, the first being Poland, which also acts as a training centre for the company's global RAS projects. The facility in Poland produces 450 tonnes a year.
"We have chosen France over other European countries because of its long reputation for producing exceptionally high-quality food, the large salmon consumer base and also for the support and assistance we have received from all levels of government in France", said. Stephane Farouze, board director of Pure Salmon and chairman and founder of parent company 8F Asset Management.
As France is one of the largest consumers of salmon in the world, fish from the Boulogne site will be sold primarily on the French market in various forms including smoked salmon and fillets, Pure Salmon said, as per report.
Pure Salmon plans to establish more facilities in other locations including Japan, the US and China to reach its goal of producing 260,000 tonnes annually.
Salmon farms use the RAS technology provided by Israel-based AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies.