The technology has already proven successful for Nova Sea, reducing adult lice by approximately 70 percent compared to other nearby locations.
Mowi, the world’s largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon, has entered a deal with Harbor, a Norwegian aquaculture technology company, to pilot a novel technology, Harbor Fence, aiming to protect farmed salmon from sea lice infestation.
The Harbor Fence, a low-voltage electric barrier designed to keep sea lice at bay, will be installed at Mowi’s Rogne site in Norway’s Møre and Romsdal region, according to a statement from the company.
The large-scale R&D project will evaluate the Fence’s effectiveness, particularly in locations facing challenging currents and wave heights.
The technology has already proven successful for Nova Sea, reducing adult lice by approximately 70 percent compared to other nearby locations. This significant reduction has piqued the interest of industry stakeholders and influenced Mowi’s decision to explore the technology’s potential benefits.
Harbor General Manager, Christian Bjørnsen, expressed enthusiasm about partnering with Mowi.
“This is what we have set the company up for in recent years,” he said.
Harbor recently relocated production to Dusavik, just outside Stavanger, to boost production capacity, in anticipation of increased demand.
Harbor Fence employs a patented, research-based approach, utilizing small electromagnetic fields to prevent louse larvae from attaching to salmon. The technology promises not only to protect the salmon within the caged area but also to reduce contamination in adjacent cages and other locations.