Blue Aqua to develop Singapore’s first high-tech trout farm

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Project will ‘ramp up’ local seafood production and develop green technology for urban farming

 

The project will produce high-quality sustainable fish for local consumption, using a proprietary ModulRAS system developed by Denmark-based Assentoft Aqua. Photo courtesy of Assentoft Aqua Asia Pte Ltd.

Blue Aqua, a world leader in shrimp aquaculture technology, is developing Singapore’s first high-tech fish farm for producing rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), a cold water species native to the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. With plans for an annual production capacity of 1,200 tonnes (1,322 metric tons) of rainbow trout, the company plans to cater to the local demand for high-quality, sustainable fish.

The initiative is part of the group’s intention to invest (SGD) $45 million (U.S. $33.1 million) to expand its aquaculture operations in Singapore. It will showcase a proprietary ModulRAS system developed by Denmark-based Assentoft Aqua, a Denmark-based aquaculture engineering company specializing in sustainable land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technologies.

“The future lies in sustainable, smart farming systems that are not bound by environmental constraints,” said Dr. Farshad Shishehchian, CEO & founder of Blue Aqua International Group. “Blue Aqua has been a strong advocate for super-intensive, species-focused farming since its inception, and we are excited to grow our efforts to develop a scalable aquaculture technology, with farmed trout and shrimp, to serve as an important and efficient protein food source for decades to come.”

The project aligns with Singapore’s “30 by 30” strategy – an ambitious plan to meet 30 percent of its local food production by 2030. The project will incorporate intensive technology coupled with artificial intelligence (AI) to help achieve sustainable fish production locally. Overall, it will help support Singapore’s food security initiatives by making the daily harvest of premium quality rainbow trout possible.

Additionally, the project will seek to develop green technology for energy and carbon-efficient urban farming through partnerships with clean energy technology firms. The developed sustainable trout farming system will be eventually deployed across South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Advised by Lighthouse Finance, an Oslo-based advisory firm specializing in financing sustainable seafood projects, the farming project is raising funds for a phase-based commercial development over the next 3 years. Roy Høiås, CEO & Founder of Lighthouse Finance, said that Blue Aqua’s plans “ticks most of the boxes” required to partner with their firm.

“Along with possessing the technological depth, experience in the value-chain and goodwill, Blue Aqua’s vision to be a solution provider anticipating future challenges should catapult it to be a formidable high-growth enterprise across species,” said Høiås. “Supporting an environmentally-sustainable aquaculture project and guiding it to become a circular economy operation is close to our mission’s heart and hence our resolve to partner with Blue Aqua for their next growth cycle.”

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