August 25, 2021
Cermaq cooperates with Norwegian start-up kelp producer
Cermaq and Folla Alger have entered into an agreement on integrated salmon and kelp farming in collaboration with leading research environments in Norway, Cermaq announced on August 23.
The companies will utilise nutrients from the salmon cages for farming kelp but will also develop kelp into a new feed raw material for salmon.
"We want to contribute to developing a new industry and providing environmental benefits, but also jobs... That is why we are very happy to start the project together with Cermaq, which is a driving force on climate and the environment," the chairman of the board of Folla Alger, Tarald Sivertsen, said.
Some of the nutrients released from salmon cages are water-soluble. These nutrients will fertilise the algae and lead to increased carbon capture.
"Algae are part of the green shift, and we have great faith in algae production as a future industry. This is also the reason why we have included SINTEF, NOFIMA, Nord University and NTNU as leading research environments on how we can develop kelp production," Knut Ellekjær, managing director of Cermaq Norway, said.
The goal of the research project is to test in full scale a new type of plant for integrated production of salmon and kelp. Along the way, the project will look at how the nutrients from the salmon cages are taken up in the kelp, how kelp production affects the aquatic environment in the cages, and what effect the integrated production has on the health of the fish in the cages.
In addition, the project aims to develop kelp into a new feed raw material for salmon.
"Integrated salmon and kelp farming enables us to both utilise nutrients around the farming cages as a resource, and that we get more alternative feed raw materials. It is good circular economy, and will help reduce the footprint from salmon farming," Ellekjær said.
Cermaq has also been engaged in kelp production in British Columbia, Canada, through co-production trials with several First Nations, to pilot commercial kelp production.
The projects were led by North Island College's Centre for Applied Research.