July 2, 2018
China builds largest deep-sea intelligent fishery
China is building its largest intelligent deep-sea fishery in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province.
The facility comprises three fish farm platforms or steel net cage measuring 110 meters by 75 meters, as well as a support platform, according to local authorities, as reported by Xinhua.
Each net cage is expected to have an output of up to 6,000 tonnes, and will be able to accommodate 250,000 cubic meters of water to farm as many as 10 million pompano.
The report said that the fishery-which would withstand powerful typhoons when submerged in water-is built for Hainan Province, quoting Chen Qing, an official of the project builder Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. Wuchang is the same shipbuilding firm that delivered a large deep-sea semi-submersible fish farm to Norwegian fish farming company SalMar ASA in June last year.
The intelligent fishery requires only nine workers for the support platform, where they can feed, fish, collect dead fish and clean the cage through a remote control.
"It will be a demonstrative project of marine aquaculture. This environmentally friendly project can be promoted to upgrade our marine fisheries and improve the industrial quality," said Wang Lisheng of Hainan's ocean and fisheries department.