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Stolt Sea Farms to expand its land-based flatfish hatchery
July 31, 2023 By Hatchery International staff
Recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) company, Stolt Sea Farms, expects to see a boost in production with the approval of its expansion plans in Spain.
Stolt Sea Farm (SSF) is a specialist land-based aquaculture business that aims to sustainably produce turbot and sole at 14 different locations in Spain, Portugal, France, Iceland and Norway.
The company announced that it has received official approval from the regional government of Galicia to expand its land-based flatfish hatchery at its facility in Cervo, Spain. Galicia is an autonomous community in Spain’s northwest Atlantic coast.
“The upgraded facility – already the world’s largest – will have an annual capacity of approximately six million turbot juveniles and 10 million sole juveniles. This will significantly increase our overall annual production capacity of sustainably farmed seafood to 8,500 tons of turbot and more than 3,000 tons of sole,” a press release from the company said.
Currently SSF produces 500 tons of turbot and 1,600 tons of sole annually.
“This is a very important landmark for us. This exciting project demonstrates the confidence we have in the strength of our business and is crucial to our strategic growth plan, which includes reaching our annual production target of 23,000 tons of turbot and sole by 2035,” according to Jordi Trias, president of SFF.
The construction project and operation of the new facility will create additional jobs for the local Cervo community.
Construction is expected to start in October 2023 with the new facility operational by mid-2025.
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