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Visit us at Aqua Nor - Trondheim 13. - 16. August 2013 - Stand 324 Hall D and Skansen Docks

Cage farming in Vietnam

Polarcirkel plastic cage is best suited for both sea warm water along coast line and a strong current in Mekong River in Vietnam - PAGE 11

Offshore farming in Saudi Arabia

National Prawn is using new Norwegian technology for large-scale production of nsh in the Red Sea - PAGE 10

Mobile recirculation
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New Workboat Design

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AKVAflex, a complete mobile recirculation system - PAGE 6

Expanded landbased aquaculture

AKVA group is the main supplier of aquacultureequipment and techology to Denmarks largest land based salmon farm in Hirtshals. - PAGE 6

Visit the worlds largest feed barge!

New compact all-in-one sensor

The new Multi Sensor compact instrument houses 6 water-quality sensors and measures 12 parameters. - PAGE 6

AKVA group ASA recently signed a contract for the delivery of a 650 ton Panorama feed barge to Bremnes Seashore AS. Visit the worlds largest feed barge, with a holding capacity of 650 tons and five parallel feed lines, at Aqua Nor - PAGE 4

Russian advances in the north

New large cage farming in the Russian Sea will double the Russian salmon production - PAGE 10

Trond Williksen, CEO, AKVA group.

Reliable and innovative aquaculture solutions combined with professional service and support.
During more than 40 years as innovator and provider of technology and services to the global aquaculture industry, we in AKVA group have learned what really matters to our customers as well as to ourselves. Partnerships, good partnerships - enabling us to contribute solutions and services that make our customers successful in developing and operating sustainable and profitable aquaculture operations. Good Partnerships, where our contribution to solutions and services earn us the opportunity to develop AKVA group as a sustainable and profitable company. We will continue to build AKVA group with this as our mission. We will be focused on our customers needs, being attentive and responsive. We will develop and use our knowledge to contribute solutions and services that lifts our customers performance. We will take pride in being reliable and honest in what we do and how we act, and we will use our enthusiasm to generate the energy and joy needed to bring our customers as well as AKVA group forward. In AKVA group we strongly believe that we can make a difference. We are proud to be part of the global aquaculture industry which is playing a crucial role providing healthy seafood world wide.

Ignacio Petcovic Technical Manager, Barges AKVA group

As a partner our mission is to improve your profitability and sustainability.

AKVA group is a solid partner with offices and facilities in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Scotland, Iceland, Canada, Australia Vietnam and Turkey. With 9 offices and several agents and distributors around the globe AKVA group is present in all markets worldwide. AKVA group is a unique partner with the capability to offer both cage farming and land based aquaculture operations with complete technical solutions and service. The company holds strong, well-known brand names and the product line range from plastic and steel cages, mooring systems, nets, net cleaners, work boats, feed barges, feed systems, camera systems, environmental sensors, underwater lights, production and process control software, recirculation systems, PE piping systems, farm design, on-site services and training courses. Partnering with AKVA group allows customers to keep their focus on fine tuning farm operations to increase profitability, while sharing the technical challenges with a reliable partner with the right people, the right technology and the right knowledge to achieve excellence. We are partners and in it for the long run.

New Feed Barge concept with extra workspace

AKVA group is launching two giant new feed barges. The AC 650, the worlds largest feed barge which you can visit at Aqua Nor and the AB 450 with extra workspace.
Larger scale, more exposed localities and constant challenges facing cage based aquaculture operations is the reason AKVA group continuously work with product development and barge design. The result is new and bigger feed barge concepts answering the current needs of our customers in terms of innovation and operation, capacity and comfort. The new AB 450 is suitable for more exposed sites due to large silo capacity and an enormous storage capacity on the barge. Comfort and stability has been taken into consideration and the barge AB450 Comfort has been designed to respond like a steel con cept barge and still behave with similar characteristics as a concrete barge. The AB 450 Comfort is equipped with six high capacity feeding lines powered by a modern power management system installed in the engine room. Cargo handling is done by a high capacity crane in the middle of the barge, covering the entire barge deck including loading into the cargo storage; a cargo storage that is provided with a 6 m2 hydraulic hatch cover for ac cess. The cargo storage is designed to have a forklift running over a flat surface for moving, transport ing and relocating cargo inside the barge, this solution provide the farmers a whole new flexibility when it comes to cargo handling onboard the barge. In early days the feed barges were simply just a silo floating offshore. Today they are offshore workspaces for fish farmers with the comforts of a home. The AB 450 Comfort concept has been developed as an answer to the growing demand for remote and isolated sites. This model provides a large working environment together with excellent storage capacity for both feed and equipment. AB 450 Comfort is fully equipped with six high capacity feeding lines powered by a modern power management system. Cargo handling is done by the high capacity crane in the middle of the barge. Valuable secondary systems are installed as a part of this barge such as Ensilage system giving a possi bility of processing and storing the mort onboard. Under the main deck there is a huge warehouse with a 6 m2 access hatch providing a protected area to keep valuable equipment. Accommodation has been made according to AKVA group standard, giving you the feeling of staying at a 4 star hotel.

AKVA group facts:

Renowned as a pioneer and global supplier of aquaculture technology for over 40 years Offices in 9 countries More than 680 staff 2012 turnover of NOK 832 million Q1 2013 turnover of NOK 222,1 million Public company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange since 2006

AB 450 has 80m2 main deck with 100m2 storage room below.


Growing EcoNet sales

The non-fibre wire has very hard surface that resists marine fouling and makes it easy to clean in the water using Idema Net Cleaners. No use of antifouling paints or ongoing net changes. Main benefits are:

Trond Severinsen Chief Operating Officer Export AKVA group ASA

The unique Polarcirkel EcoNet concept can totally change todays fish farming! This long-life net technology .has been used to make over 4000 nets in Japan for nearly 25 years, inaddition to many other usages including: being virtually escape and predator proof, with a very long life span. The EcoNet is made from very strong but light weight PET and has some superior characteristics, including: being virtually escape proof, predator proof and has a 20-year lifespan.

Maximized water flow High durability Escape prevention No antifouling paint Easily recyclable
So far, close to 100 EcoNets have now been sold to salmon farms, mainly in Australia and Scotland, with very good results. EcoNets are now fully certified under NS9415 (Norwegian Standard for aquaculture equipment). Nets are also in the waters in many other countries and for many other species.

Seals and sealions can easily damage most fibre nets.

PET nets are also used as rock slide nets.

High durability and escape prevention with EcoNet.

EcoNet withstands heavy icing.

The silo deck has 6 feed selectors and extra large workspace. EcoNet can be hooked up onto the railing for shorter periods when dried up.

New automatic Mort Collection System

Morts have to be removed quickly to create and maintain a healthy and bio-secure environment.
Increasingly large volumes of biomass in the cages and more focus on bio-security, fish health and welfare have given incentives to improve mort removal processes, from the collection within the cage to the silage system. AKVA group recently entered into a strategic development and manufacturing collaboration with the company PD Group AS, of Oslo, Norway, to develop an improved automatic mort collection system. Experience has proven that this business model gives a higher innovation pace and shortens the process from an idea on a drawing board to a final product on the market. The mort system will be launched at Aqua Nor, August 2013, in Trondheim, Norway, where AKVA group will be present with a 144m2 stand in Hall D as well as a large feed barge at Skansen Docks. The new system features a safer, more reliable and efficient mort collection process. The products are distributed through AKVA groups sales organization worldwide and the service and maintenance is handled by AKVA groups service technicians, says Mr. Morten Malm, responsible for strategic projects within AKVA group. Mr. Karsten Himmelstrup, which represents PD Group AS, is pleased with the agreement which also includes emergency response equipment for critical situations with mass mortality. We could not dream of a better partner than AKVA group for this project. The company is well known within the industry worldwide and has a professional sales and service organization which we at this stage could not possibly build up on our own, says Mr. Himmelstrup.

200-1800kg weight incorporated in suction head.

Compressed air is injected through a number of small holes in a separate air chamber.

The worlds largest

Stig Martin B Sales Manager AKVA group


AKVA group ASA recently signed a contract for the delivery of a 650 ton Panorama feed barge to Bremnes Seashore AS. This is the worlds largest steel feed barge of its kind, with a holding capacity of 650 tons and five parallel feed lines.
The barge is of a contemporary design and offers modern facilities, and among other things is equipped with a large crane, automatic silo hatches, Akvasmart feed system and a 60 m3 mort silage system. The barge will be located at Gissysundet, west of Bmlo. The site has a standing biomass permit for 3,210 tons of salmon, which results in up to 30-35 tons of feed per day under good conditions.

Bremnes Seashore currently operates three smolt production facilities and has fish farms in several municipalities in Rogaland, Sunnhordland and Hardanger. In total, Bremnes Seashore operates from 20 locations in nine different municipalities. Bremnes Seashore has experienced an increase in annual production from approximately 10,000 to 30,000 tons over the past eight years. Most of this production increase comes from exposed sites in the outer reaches of Boknafjorden to the west of Bmlo. In the future, we foresee a need for larger and more exposed sites than those we are operating today. To meet those needs, we need feed barges that are suitable for these locations. When we were choosing the type of barge and the supplier, the barge design, feed store capacity, feed system and flexible silage solutions were the definite deal-makers, says Jrn-Rune Bruun, Regional Manager at Bremnes Seashore. We have worked closely with Bremnes for many years, and we see this new contract as a vote of confidence in our partnership and what we have delivered so far. This contract also includes an option for the delivery of a similar steel barge in the early autumn of 2013, says Stig Martin B, Sales Manager for AKVA group.

AC 650 Panorama the worlds largest feed barge To date, AKVA group has supplied more than 260 feed barges to various locations worldwide. Several decades of experience has made AKVA group a qualified partner and supplier of reliable and cost-effective feed barges.

New automatic silo hatches will open safely and easily with a patented hydraulic remote system.

Plastic or steel? An all-important decision

With 30 years of experience in the industry, AKVA group is a world leader in the production of Wavemaster steel cages and Polarcirkel plastic cages. It has now established strategic partnerships with its clients by providing comprehensive advice on selection, instalSeveral critical factors must be taken into account when deciding which type of cage to choose. AKVA group Chiles Commercial Manager, Christian Stange, recommends considering at least the following when making this decision:

On-site operations
As far as installation and operation are concerned, steel cages are more user-friendly as they are installed in modules of between four and 20 interconnected cages, providing a wider and more stable surface area than plastic cages, sharing walkways and anchoring systems. Plastic cages, on the other hand, are installed and anchored individually.

The design, materials and time needed for anchoring differs for each type of cage. Steel cages are anchored in groups (modules) while plastic cages are anchored individually. Thus, more time and materials are needed to anchor plastic cages than steel cages, which translates into a higher anchoring cost.

It is important to review and consider operational activities needed to carry out and complete the production process. In this regard, Christian Stange highlights the importance of at least the following considerations:

Exposure level of the farm site

Environmental exposure is a crucial determinant. For sites in high exposure areas, with wave heights exceeding 3ft and 3 knots (1.5 m / sec) of current, plastic cages are ideal. Constructed using flexible HDPE tubing, plastic cage is an ideal platform for sites located in extreme conditions. Steel cages, on the other hand, are better suited to sites with low or moderate exposure levels.

The production plan

The correct cage size will be determined by the production plan as this defines the harvest volume and density for each species. Choosing the correct size will maximise growth and harvest.

Cage size
Once the type of cage has been determined, the correct size must be defined.

Regular maintenance is needed in order to maintain cages in optimal conditions. For plastic cages, care is limited to a periodic check of all brackets and attachment points, welded joints in floating pipes and anchor connections. In the case of steel cages, maintenance will include, at the very least, inspection and possible replacement of the hinge pins along walkways, the flotation system, as well as checking the condition of the galvanizing for possible wear and tear caused by abrasion.

lation and maintenance.

Assembly time for each type of cage may also influence the decision. Assembling plastic cages takes three to seven days, depending on size and location, while steel cages can be assembled in one day.

Strategic partner in cage production for fish farming sites.

As the graph indicates, the cost ratio per square metre of cultivation decreases relative to the increase in size of the cage.


Expand export measures, Giske

Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske (Labour) has very little power over the exchange rate, which is unfavourable for exports. However, he has promised to help businesses continuing to struggle against trade barriers.
It is important that both you and the government continue to work to strengthen export opportunities, including through the export finance scheme and the dismantling of trade barriers. In Russia, for example, argued Trond Williksen, who said that AKVA group is exporting Norwegianproduced equipment worth NOK 150-200 million. Williksen noted that AKVA group had recently been awarded an exciting contract in Murmansk. There are many more gains to be had, as the Russians are developing a strategy for growth in fish farming. This is also the case in many other countries. The new export financing scheme will be rock solid. With regard to trade barriers, we are working to open up markets through negotiations with countries such as Russia, India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and South Korea, explained Giske. During the spring, he will present a Government Report concerning support for small and mediumsized businesses. On the export side, there will be proposals to strengthen Innovation Norway internationally, said Giske to Aftenbladet.

Odd Pilstrm/Kent Skibstad (photo) Stavanger Aftenblad

Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske (left) listened carefully to the information and impassioned pleadings coming from industry leader Trond Williksen of AKVA group (centre) and Tnnes Helge Kverneland of TKS AS.

Extract from article in Stavanger Aftenblad, 22 March 2013.

6 sites, 117 cameras, 1 control room

Steinvik Fish Farm is the first to use such a system on a full scale. The aim of the system is to make only a few people responsible for feeding in order that the other staff can concentrate on other important duties.

Remotely controlled feeding

A working day at the centre starts with a visual inspection of all locations in order to make sure that everything is in order. The employees then start the remotely controlled feeding, e.g. at Vetesundet, where 18 tons of EWOS Opal are used per day. The employees can see that the feed spreaders are operating as they should be on screen, while at the same time monitoring the appetite of the fish via the underwater cameras. This continues until the fish settle and are full.

a rise at one of the facilities which means that the feeding is given less of a priority. In such cases, there is a risk that both growth and potential are not exploited or that overfeeding occurs.

Slow broadband
Steinvik Fish Farm has been working with Industridata in Flor, AKVA group and EWOS in order to establish the connections, stretching from Klavelandet in the north to Kviteskjer in the south, which is something that has not been a simple process. It is well known that slow broadband is hampering industry in the outlying parts of Norway, particularly in Sogn og Fjordane with its many high mountains. Obtaining high-quality live images requires a lot of bandwidth and a direct line of sight between the various locations. The largest EWOS silo at the companys factory in Flor has therefore been used as one of the hubs. An antenna has been located there 52 metres above the ground as part of the large Steinvik network.

Trial and error

The boss himself, Alex Vassbotten, comes into the command centre, as he calls it. He explains that it has been three years since the idea of having a central system was conceived, and all 16 employees at Steinvik Fish Farm have been involved in the project to get the system up and running. There has been an element of trial and error, especially with the antennae. But its always like that with pioneering projects, says Alex, and he knows what he is talking about. Rationalisation has never been the most important driving force. The goal is to perform the various tasks in a better way. Use each individual in the way that they fit best in order to improve the flow of the work. There has also been less weekend work, which is something that our employees appreciate.

Appetite-based feeding
Steinvik Fish Farm uses appetitebased feeding. The team leaders at the control centre quite literally have a good picture of the appetite of the fish via all the cameras. The company is among the best in its class when it comes to using MTB, says EWOS representative, who considers the prospect of delegating feeding responsibility to just a few selected individuals exciting. It can of course sometimes be the case that situations

300 megabytes
The people at the control centre can choose between 117 camera locations, and a connection of up to 300 MB provides live images that are just as clear as on a feeding barge where the rings are located wall-to-wall. We have a camera unit in each cage. These have three objectives and transmit live images of life both at the surface and at depth. The equipment is so good that he can have several systems running at the same time and still have full video quality.

Alex Vassbotten, Managing Director of Steinvik Fish Farm.

Rationalisation has never been the most important driving force. The goal is to perform the various tasks in a better way.

Hans Brundtland/ Egil Aardal (photo) Forum/EWOS

Extract from article in Forum no. 6 - 2012.

Feeding at six different locations can be carried out from the centre at Steinvik Fish Farm.


Industrial copepod farming can change global aquaculture

Copepods are the saviour of aquaculture. They are a natural food source for fish larvae, and if copepods can be produced on an industrial scale, fish farmers worldwide will be able to increase their production of edible fish.
Denmark leads the world when it comes to knowledge and technology within landbased fish farming and RAS technology. A new development project will provide a production facility that will produce copepods for use as feed for the aquaculture industry. The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has invested DKK 7.5 million in the project. Copepods are the saviour of aquaculture. They are the natural food of fish larvae, and copepods can be produced on an industrial scale, fish farmers worldwide will be able to increase their production of edible fish. Global demand for fish has long since exceeded the catch potential. Thanks to further focussed development, aquaculture plays a key role in the global supply of fish. The sector is the fastest growing animal-producing food industry with an annual growth rate of 8.8% over the last 30 years. More than


Copepods (Calanus).
50% of all fish for human consumption comes from fish farming, and there is nothing to suggest that this trend will abate on the contrary. A high proportion of the global growth in aquaculture is based on fish farming involving marine species. Most marine species of fish produce many small eggs and the newly hatched, almost microscopic fish larvae are unable to eat dry food. - They need natural live food.

Recirculation technology goes mobile

Romanias first turbot farm opened in April

If you want to move the unit to another site or recirculate another tank, simply lift the unit to its new position, hook it up and you are ready to go!
AKVAflex is a brand new concept that integrates our well known recirculation technology and sophisticated AKVAconnect control system in a flexible and easy installation. As a result of innovation and recent developments it is now possible to get an industrial size recirculation system pre-installed with a

All you need in one compact container. minimum on-site setup time no matter where you want to install it worldwide. Our state of the art recirculation system coupled with the new market leading control system AKVAconnect secures an uncontested security in production considering water quality and fish welfare. AKVA group also offer a wide selection of flexibe Polyethylene tanks and filter types that reduces both transport- and installation costs. AKVAflex is a competitive alternative to permanent installations and the perfect solution for salt water recirculation. AKVAflex modules are produced in PE or Polyethylene, a light, durable material that is maintenance free and easy to transport. AKVAflex can be integrated with existing equipment on the site or delivered with additional equipment.

Spain and Portugal have been the leading producers of turbot in Europe, but now Eastern Europe is following.
The popularity of turbot in Europe is encouraging other producers to enter the game. In Romania, Elcomex, a company with interests in the power sector, has invested in a turbot farm, called Seaqualia. Gabriel Popescu the managing director recalls how he discussed the pros and cons of different species with his principals.

Recirculation systems are the best suited to high value species as the technology entails a high initial investment and running costs. Among the species that where dicussed were tilapi, eel, sturgeon and turbot. It was the AKVA groups offices in Fredricia, Denmark, where he met the former manager of a turbot hatchery, that led to the decision to go with the AKVA group. Not only did they have experience with recirculation system for turbot, they were also building a similar system for a company in China, and in addition the system they where offering could produce 150 tons of fish, which was our target.

Can be handled by a single person.

landbased aquaculture
Jacob Bregnballe Sales Director, M. Sc, Land Based Aquaculture AKVA group Denmark.


AKVA group is the main supplier of aquaculture equipment and technology to Denmarks largest landbased salmon farm.
Ever more stringent environmental requirements in Denmark concerning the restricted discharge of industrial waste into rivers and lakes resulted in fish farms initially being relocated offshore. Now, more advanced systems with closed circuits and no impact on the surrounding environment are back for real. The biggest company is Danish Salmon A/S, which has just commissioned Denmarks largest landbased facility for salmon on the outskirts of Hirtshals. This facility consists of three halls containing round tanks in which

the fish live from the time they are fertilised as eggs until they are salmon ready to be harvested. There are two large and three small treatment plants and a 150 m2 administration building. AKVA group Denmark has acted as a turnkey consultant and supplier of equipment for water treatment, oxygen control, feeding and sensors from the preliminary outline and draft stage through to completion of the project. Danish Salmon is a fantastic opportunity for us. We are now able to invite customers from Russia and the United Arab Emirates to see the technology in operation, says project manager Erik Odgaard for AKVA group Denmark.

The new 10,000 m2 landbased salmon farm cost DKK 75 million to build and will produce 2,000 tons of salmon. Construction took a year and production started in July 2013.

Mechanical filters at Danish Salmon.

Intensive indoor shrimp farming Hands-on experience incorporated

Shrimps have been produced in aquaculture for decades, often with great success due to high harvesting yields and fair prices.
Unfortunately, shrimp farming is also known as the boom and bust industry as this extensive technology is exposed to all kinds of hazards such as flooding, pollution, outbreaks of disease etc. In recent years it has become clear that the shrimp farming industry will need to revise its production methods to become a steadily performing industry. AKVA group has recently developed a bio-secure super intensive indoor shrimp production system by the use of recirculation aquaculture technology. The system has been developed together with Charoen Pokphand Foods Co. Ltd. (CPF) in Thailand, the biggest producer of shrimp in Thailand and the largest producer of shrimp feed in Asia. The research and development work has been taken place at the CPF Shrimp Culture Development Centre in Samutsongkram, Thailand. The results have been overwhelmingly positive with harvest output of around 25 kg per m2, equivalent 8-10 kg per m3 of tank volume. Intensive shrimp farming in recirculation is now ready for development into large scale productions, and AKVA has just begun the design of such pioneering systems.

The Danish company Chr. Jrgensen Aps and AKVA group have established a partnership for land based aquaculture services and equipment.
The key driver is direct support of customers with an even wider range of easy to install products and practical services. Fish farmers will have lean solutions and consultancy based on hands on experience. The combination of AKVA groups large company advantages with global presence, in house resources for research and development combined with Chr. Jrgensens practical approach will result in a broader range of services and products offered by one supplier. Both companies keep things simple and make them work, understand their business and daily operational work of fish farms. As Chr. Jrgensen says: Together we will be able to offer solutions that fit better to customer requirements and their long term business goals. Satisfied business partners. The partnership is a natural continuation of a long relationship between the two companies, with focus on an open constructive development with the highest possible focus on what supports the customers business. During our dialogue about the agreement, we have experienced that also with regard, internal values, culture and focus, we have a great match and will support and supplement each other in a very positive directions. We expect a lot from this partnership, both with regard to the offerings our customers will get and with regard to development of our business individually and together.

Tank for intensive shrimp farming of P. vannamei.



Should large salmonids be bred on land or offshore?

Karl Iver Dahl-Madsen, President, Dansk Akvakultur

Jacob Bregnballe, Chairman, AquaCircle

The international salmon and trout fish farming sector has seen a lively debate for and against the production of large salmonids offshore or on land.
Our principal view is that the wrong question is being asked. It is not a question of either / or, but one of both. We advocate development and investment in both forms of fish farming. The offshore fish farming of large salmonids has been a great success for food production. There has been annual growth of 8% over many years, and a production level of around two million tons per year with a value of DKK 60 billion and good earnings. The farming of large salmonids onshore has not been a success to date, primarily because of high construction and energy costs. Two modern land-based production facilities have recently been built at Hvide Sande and Hirtshals with high recirculation levels and lower energy consumption. These production facilities allow the control of temperature, etc., benefiting the well-being and growth of the fish. It will be exciting

to see the operating results of these facilities in the coming years. Experience with land-based recirculating production facilities for the farming of smaller fish such as portion trout and smolt has generally been good. The so-called model 3 fish farm with a high level of recirculation now produces around a third of Danish portion trout. It is positive that water intake and organic substances have reduced by more than 90%, that nitrogen emissions have reduced by 50% and that the modern compact design has boosted productivity significantly. However, this has come at the expense of a major investment of around DKK 25-30 per kg of fish and an additional cost for operations of around 2 kWh per kg compared with an ordinary raceway facility. For salmon smolt, which is a highvalue product, the experience has been predominantly positive, to such an extent that up to 50% of all Chilean salmon smolt is now produced in facilities supplied by Danish facility manufacturers. The reason for the success of offshore fish farmers compared with the land-based production of large fish is financial. The level of investment needed in a landbased fully recirculating system is

around four times that of an offshore fish farm, i.e. roughly DKK 50 per kg of produced fish. There are also additional energy costs of 2 kWh per kg. There are obviously still many factors in favour of offshore fish farms, and we believe that most large salmonids will continue to be produced in this way. Landbased production is also expected to increase in the future because: 1. There is demand from some consumers for salmon produced onshore 2. Fresh fish can be supplied to all parts of the world without using air transport 3. Offshore fish farm sites are difficult to find close to the coast 4. The biomass restriction of Norwegian salmon farming requires large fingerlings 5. Danish seasonal production requires large quantities of fingerlings produced onshore over a short period. The Danish aquaculture industry wants to see a financial and environmental framework which ensures that we have fair competition with producers in other countries.

Salmon cage offshore.

Production facilities with low impact levels, e.g. offshore fish farms in open water or offshore fish farms that capture their nutrients using culture capture systems and land-based production facilities in harbours opening into robust waters and fully recirculating systems should therefore receive the highest (environmental) subsidy rates. By way of introduction, it was noted that the question of onshore versus offshore is not one of either / or, but of both. A holistic approach is required with regard to environmentally equal conditions that accommodate both offshore fish farms as well as land-based production facilities. This will allow increased production of fish from aquaculture that is entirely in line with the best possible management of the environment and optimal solutions from a technical production perspective.

About the authors:

Karl Iver Dahl-Madsen is the President of Dansk Akvakultur (www., the industry association for the primary producers: fish farmers and mussel and seaweed farmers. Jacob Bregnballe is the Chairman of the AquaCircle association ( companies that supply equipment and systems to fish farmers.

New compact all-in-one sensor

The new Multi Sensor compact instrument houses 6 water-quality sensors and measures 12 parameters.
AKVA group has long experience in development of solutions to monitor environmental parameters on site. In cooperation with NORTEK, a well-known company within the sensor, industry, AKVA group can now offer profiling current sensors based on Doppler technology. A profiling Doppler sensor gives measurements of the current in several layers of the water mass flowing towards the cages. Standard measurement depths are at 5, 10 and 15 meters deep. This sensor solution can be combined with up to three oxygen and temperature sensors. Continuous measurements and access to current data is highly important in any fish farming operation. Ex, by use of lice skirts, when lice removal, when feeding, or when large boats arrive to unload fish feed or collecting fish. Knowledge of current data and oxygen levels can also help optimize feeding if utilized correctly. Historical data can be exported to Excel for further analysis. Data from the sensors can also be integrated with AKVAconnect and Fishtalk for control and analysis. To simplify installation and the operation and to improve the quality of the current data a special reference buoy has been developed. The buoy is placed with some distance from the cage and sends the information through a satellite network available at most locations in Norway and abroad. Environmental current knowledge will help you to prevent feed waste. By choosing AKVA group the farmers are ensured a reliable partner and reliable technology making the operation run smoothly. The collaboration project between NORTEK and AKVA group is a good example of AKVA groups focus on strategic cooperation with specialized disciplines. Strategic projects will enable AKVA group to continue to stay on top of the game and provide a complete range of technology.

Current and oxygen levels are reached through a website, where customers can login and read all the values online. The view on the site can be customized according to the customer needs.


Photofish, awarded color analyser

The company PhotoFish was established in 2003 to develop a photo box that could evaluate the color of salmon and trout. The company received the Reodor Award fromInnovation Norway in 2003.
The industrialization of the solution ended in 2005 but in 2012 AKVA group Software AS and PhotoFish AS signed a contract where AKVA group Software AS was to continue developing a solution for analyzing color and fat by the help of PhotoFish AS and Maskon AS. The box is smaller than earlier version but is more flexible. The first test series is ready for the market, controlled and verified by Nofima. A group of customers tested both box and method during summer and early fall.

What is Photofish?
Photofish measures objective values of the intensity of color. The box contains a camera that register color values. The values are analyzed using Salmo-fan color scale as a reference and is independent of the types of pigment. You instantly receive the result of color in each individual fish in the sample. In this way, you avoid uncertainty that can be a consequence of collecting analysis (small/big fish), homogenization of samples and or extraction of pigments. Fat content is measured if weight and length are available in the sample. The analysis of each sample of fish with calibration information and photos is managed in a database to make sure that the analysis is traceable and can be revised in the future.

Plastsveis is now a part of AKVA group

The acquisition is a natural step to strengthen the land based business operations, and it will give AKVA group a strong position in the market place when it comes to delivering a range of solutions for land based facilities.
Plastsveis AS was established in 1988 and provide PE equipment, installation and services to the fish farming, agriculture and other industries. The company is located in Sr-Helgeland and has around 40 employees. The core business entails delivery and installation of tub and pipe plants to land based fish farming facilities as well as processing of pipes in polyethylene plastic for the fish farming industry, for agriculture and oil services. The company also participates in development project for the fish farming industry. The company holds significant synergies with our existing land based activity as well as with our existing activities in Helgeland Plast AS states Trond Williksen, CEO of AKVA group ASA.

Why use Photofish?

Photofish is measuring color in Fish filets objectively. Documentation of smooth and correct coloring before harvest is of high value for the customer buying the fish. The reliable documentation is also helpful when controlling and administering feeding strategy and pigmentation in the growth periods of fish on sites. When the device and analysis are available locally, you can analyze the color of the filet just before ordering feed and thereby adjust the pigment content in the feed if necessary. By having controls systematically, the method will result in valuable data of experience, which can be used in feeding strategies. The box is smaller than earlier version but is more exible. The rst test series is now ready for the Norwegian market.

Plastsveis, a well managed-company

The acquisition is a natural step to strengthen the land based business area, and will give AKVA group a strong position in the market place when it comes to delivering a range of solutions for land based facilities to aquaculture. Plastsveis AS is a well-managed company with strong competence and operational capability in its field.

Plastsveis have designed and delivered complete hatcheries, special tanks, mort collector tanks, hatchey tubs, water towers, silage tanks and transport tanks with excellent feedback.


Large cage farming projects in Murmansk

Harald Jelsa Export Director Cage Farming Aquaculture AKVA group Norway.


Russian Sea Group, a lead- - Our first contact was done during the spring of 2010, when Rusing Russian consumer food sian Russian Sea managers visited AKVA groups head office in Bryne, company that specialises in Norway, says Harald Jelsa, Export the production and distribuDirector at AKVA group. So, all in tion of seafood products, has all, we have been working closely the company for over 1,5 year chosen Norwegian equipment with before signing contracts. for a new aquaculture project Largest delivery to Russia so far in the Murmansk region.
In February 2012 Akva group ASA and OJSC Russian Sea Group announce the signing of the contract for complete AKVA Cage Farm to be installed in the operations of Russian Sea-Aquaculture in the Murmansk region. The farm will have annual production capacity up to 5,000 tons of salmon. The contract total value stands at 25.4 MNOK and is to be delivered in Q1 and Q2 2012. - Russia is a very promising region for expansion of the salmon industry and a focus area for AKVA going forward. We are proud to work with a leading player such as Russian Sea-Aquaculture in the development of the industry in Russia and the contract is a milestone for AKVA group ASA, states Trond Williksen, CEO of AKVA group ASA, in the companys press-release. The Russian company announced their plans on launching the first farm in Q2 2012. They confirm that they see strong advantages in working with an established player in the field, and are sure that this contract represents an important step towards the development of the aquaculture industry in Russia, states the pressrelease. But before the contract was signed, AKVA group and Russian Sea Group have been working closely together. In addition, AKVA group has been working hard to establish relations and sales in the regions of Russia which the company finds interesting at the moment. AKVA Group chosen for a perspective Russian aquaculture project.

Growing potential
Representatives of Russian Sea have visited our facilities many times. In Rogaland county area where AKVA group have the head office, there are a lot of companies involved in the sector of industrial aquaculture, like research station for both Skretting and EWOS feed manufacturer, technology companies, production farms with the latest implemented cost reducing technology, and big processing plants/slaughter facilities. All that attracts interest of potential buyers, and the potential is growing. Jelsa notices a considerable increase of interest from Russian aquaculture companies towards Norwegian products and technologies. He says it is natural and happening due to increased interest within Russia to produce more of their own fish, for its domestic market. - In the beginning of March we had several visits from Karelia to our company. A week after we were in Murmansk, for meeting and exhibition. The week after that I went to St. Petersburg, for new meetings. So, yes, the interest is there, smiles Harald Jelsa. - In addition we are working every day to be in contact with potential customers, arranging meetings, be present in exhibitions, having speeches and participate in seminars and similar.

Involvement in Russia
Talking about AKVA groups involvement in Murmansk projects, Jelsa underlines that their aim is that their deliveries will be an advantage to the Russian aquaculture industry, reducing their cost per kilo produced fish, and secure the biomass for companys customers, which is vital since the biomass is the capital of the company. - Without any success for our Russian friends, AKVA group will not be successful in Russia, our track record have to be very positive. We are using specialists in project management, logistics, mooring systems for the cages, in nets, feeding technology, training in the use of our AKVA control production software etc. This could be between 10 and 15 persons involved at site, and in addition personnel in the main office. Murmansk is not the only region in Russia where aquaculture has received an impact during the last year. St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region are also keen on developing their fish farming projects. And Norwegian suppliers are ready to participate with their knowledge and equipment. Interested parties are welcome to take contact so that AKVA group can match them with

- I see the North West, Central and Southern District as the most interesting for us as of today. Russian Far East will come, says Jelsa. He confirms that AKVA group has alredy made several deliveries to Russian customers, but that the newly signed contract is the largest delivery to Russia so far. - Yes, that is correct. A delivery like this gives us the possibility to prove that AKVA group is able to deliver in time and according to agreement. And yes, it is a considerable sum, even if we during a normal year will have several contracts involving more money. - I suppose that Russian Sea have been considering other suppliers of equipment, yes But they did chose us. AKVA group was established in 1980, we are today over 700 employees in many different countries, with a turn over close to NOK 900 Mill in 2011. Our clients are giving us challenges, and to be able to fulfill complicated contracts there is a need that we as a supplier have the needed personnel available, during contract work, implementation and training phases, says Jelsa.

the right offer, developing solutions according to customers needs, says Jelsa. - AKVA group have delivered technology to fresh water aquaculture for many years, in many different countries, and many different species globally. All deliveries from us are adapted to the need of the customer, and nothing else, says Jelsa. - AKVA group are at the same time designing and delivering RAS (recirculation) systems for hatchery, nursery and on growing plants on land in many different areas and for various species, so we have many solutions.

More time-consuming
Working in Russia is different, but it is important to continue working, gain experience and things will become easier, according to Jelsa. - Contracts between Russian companies and AKVA group are more time-consuming, compared to all other countries. That is a fact! says Jelsa. - As we are getting more experienced with this part of the game, its getting easier, as we now know what is expected and what is ahead of us. However, it is important to follow the situation day by day - but that we do in all markets.

Major offshore finfish expansion in the Red Sea

AKVA group has confirmed a new contract with National Prawn Co in Saudi Arabia. The total contract value is USD 10,160,700 and will be delivered in 2013.
This is the first large contract for delivery of advanced and proven cage farming technology to the Middle East region, and we are of course honored that NPC has chosen AKVA group to supply this for their large offshore fish farming projects in the Red Sea, says COO Export at AKVA group, Mr. Trond Severinsen. Mr. Ahmad Al Ballaa, Managing Director of NPC furthermore states, Our company have now started the first building phases of a major offshore finfish aquaculture expansion in the Red Sea, with a planned total production of 100,000 tons/ year within 10 years. This in order to grow our business from land based prawn farming to offshore cage farming of finfish in a secure and sustainable manner. Mr. Ruben Alvarez, who is the Fish Business Director of NPC, adds, We chose AKVA group as a supplier of this important part of our operations due to their long track record and quality products. Our company is founded on highly qualified people, best technology available, healthy and safe seafood products and a high respect and care for the environment in which we operate, which is the main asset for our company. Consequently, NPC is determined to use the most modern technology available, of which AKVA group has a leading position.

Mr. Ruben Alvarez at the helm of NPCs first high-tech Catamaran.



Polarcirkel are conquering Vietnam Full on-site

equipment control

AKVA group is selected to deliver a full cage and net system with Polarcirkel plastic cages being best suited for the warm seawater conditions found along the coastline of Vietnam, as well as the strong currents of the Mekong River.
With high dynamic loads of the choppy sea and warm sea water whole year long conditions, the all plastic cage are preferred by Vietnamese government to choose for their fish farm supporting program and the Polarcirkel cage itself with strong record in PE

injection moulded bracket which perfectly eliminate corrosion, and substantially increase cage life span compared to steel brackets, finally convinces all decisions. There are 18 complete Polarcirkel cages and Egersund nets to be installed successfully all over Vietnam in 2012 which particularly four of them are placed in Mekong river as the first time the cage experience in one of the strongest current river in the world, it is approximately 4 knot current (more than 2 m/sec) in the floating season (flood season) in Mekong river. The cages themselves have been perceived highly by the local farmers and bring a promising future for AKVA group for cage farming deliveries.

Satisfied cage installers.

Fishtalk Equipment is a new software system that can manage operations and equipment and at the same time.
What is Fishtalk Equipment?
Fishtalk Equipment is a software

Why use Fishtalk Equipment?

All inspections, service, recertification and other maintenance operations is logged and specific documents attached. Traceability and documentation is fundamental part in all Fishtalk solutions and in Fishtalk Equipment. Further development gives opportunities to integrate with planning in Fishtalk, quality systems and deviation system.

Polarcirkel cages with Egersund nets are now being installed all over Vietnam.

for operation and maintenance of equipment. With Fishtalk Equipment, you can manage all types of equipment, from moorings, cages to boats and ropes. The flexibility is to create all components and connect them to the maintenance, documentations and history.

Frozen waters and loads of snow in Alaska

The harvesting of salmon in Alaska has been a major focus in the area since the late 1800s, even though returns have been very cyclical.
In 1971 after several years of very low returns a coordinated salmon enhancement program was developed; and since the wild stocks were still believed to be healthy, and just experiencing a period of low returns, it was designed in a way that did not focus on supplementing or rebuilding the wild stocks, but rather as a way to supplement the fisheries opportunity. Since its inception the program has added an incredible amount of fishing opportunity and has proved to be a resounding success. AKVA groups Wavemaster cages have been the go to cages both for the seawater and lake rearing stages of this endeavour, and have proven to be an excellent platform to work upon as well as showing exceptional durability in this extremely harsh environment where snowfall totals can exceed 500 inches (13m) per winter and the cages themselves can be frozen into a lake for months at a time. We are very proud to partner with these enhancement operations in Alaska, by providing them with an exceptional quality product that helps them to achieve their production goals year after year, as well as being able to share in the magnificent beauty of their surroundings says Keith Richford - Sales and Marketing Manager for AKVA group North America.

Cages in Alaska can be frozen into a lake for months at a time.



New workboat design

The new Polarcirkel 785 and 845 models are now available with a new hull design that offers better lift and forces the spray out to the sides.
Following feedback from our customers, we started designing and testing a new hull design for the Polarcirkel boats in the spring of 2012. The result was an entirely new hull design. The boats were lengthened by 25 cm and the bow was raised by 25 cm. This has given the boat a sharper keel that cuts through the waves better, which also resulted in the models being renamed. The Polarcirkel 760 is now the 785, while the 820 has become the 845. In addition to this, we have modified the hydrofoils so that they now spray the water out to the sides more.

New office in Tasmania

Officially since march 2013, a new AKVA group Australasia office has begun its operations with base in Hobart, Tasmania. This new office will cover the Australia and New Zealand region. Due to the sustained growth of the Australasia industry in the recent years AKVA group has decided to open this new office to have local presence in the region and support the industry closely. For further information please contact Mr. Christian Schafer at the AKVA group stand.

Christian Schafer

Polarcirkel Diving 785 (25.7) and Polarcirkel 1050 (32).

Award Shortlist Announced

Aquaculture Supplier of the Year
1. AKVA group Scotland Ltd 2. NAFC Marine Centre 3. Orbit GMT
Crown estate to decide its biennial aquaculture champions.
Organizers of the Scottish Marine Aquaculture awards have announced this years finalists after receiving a record number of entries. The Crown Estate awards celebrate the achievements and success of an industry that is vitally important to the local economies of coastal communities. Two new categories have been introduces; seafood product and community initiative, to acknowledge the wider scope of industry engagement and business. The awards ceremony and gala dinner took place at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh Tuesday 13th of June. AKVA group Scotland Ltd was awarded 1st place as the Aquaculture Supplier of the year. The Scottish salmon company nominated Inverness-based AKVA group Scotland Ltd for the Aquaculture Supplier of the Year Award. It is really a pleasure to be nominated as this shows that people appreciate our products as well as our backup and support. A huge part of this honor is due to our service and support team who deserves most of the recognition. We are not just an equipment supplier; our team helps with efficiency of farming operations and performance says Douglas Johnson, AKVA groups sales director. This award is a testimonial to our work and commitment to improve our customers profitability and sustainability by providing services and solutions that add value to our customers

During the winter, we developed a new prototype for a more spacious and even faster cabin workboat model.
This boat has been built around an entirely new concept. The boat has double pontoons made from 500 mm PE pipe. The hull is essentially the same as on our other boats, with a 21-degree V-shaped bottom. However, the hull has three pressuretested chambers. This makes the boat very buoyant. The boat can be fitted with many different propulsion options: inboard drive, inboard and water jet, or an ordinary outboard motor. The boat can also be fitted with twin engines. The prototype was fitted with two MerCruiser 3.0 TDI 265 hp engines with Bravo III drive. This propulsion option gives the boat a top speed of around 40 knots.

The boat has a large walk around cabin with a rear exit. Inside the cabin, there are four padded seats and a large bench with space for three people. The dashboard is clear and there is plenty of storage space. The prototype has been fitted with a fridge, a small sink with cold water and a large storage room, which provides potential for a toilet to be fitted. Windscreen wipers have been fitted to all of the front windows. The cabin interior can of course be adapted for specific boats. The prototype has also been fitted with an external helm, rescue net, chart plotter and radar from Raymarine, in addition to a bow thruster.

New bow and hull design.

The cabin of the new Polarcirkel 1050 now contains four padded designer chairs.

John-Atle Figenschau Sales Manager - Polarcirkel Boats, AKVA group

Visit AKVA group at Stand 324 in Hall D

New Land Based and Cage Farming Catalogues

New Giant AC 650 Feed Barge

AKVA group - 5.000 - 2013 - Design:

Visit the worlds largest Feed Barge!

AKVA group will exhibit the new AC 650 Feed Barge at Skansen Docks, and you are welcome to visit the barge during the exibithion. The feed barge is ready for delivery to Aqua Nor. Contact AKVA group sales department on phone 51 77 85 00 for more details.