Land-based salmon farmer Proximar has inked a deal with Norwegian equipment provider Fluctus for the supply of water feeding systems.
Proximar has a strong focus on sustainability, and using water to transport the feed reduces both the energy requirement and the emission of microplastics from the feed hoses, according to a release from Fluctus.
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In addition to these eco-friendly benefits, the adoption of water feeding technology promises a quieter operational environment and a reduction in feed crushing and dust formation.
Dharma Rajeswaran, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Proximar, explained the rationale behind this strategic partnership:
“Fluctus’ water-based feed solution is ideally suited for our Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS), especially in mitigating the challenges posed by dust and crush, which typically burden water treatment facilities,” he said.
Knut Bjarte Otterlei, Sales Manager at Fluctus, expressed enthusiasm for the project, saying, “Our solution is gaining traction not only in Norway but also abroad,” Otterlei added.
Foreign markets have become increasingly important for Norwegian suppliers such as Fluctus since Norway’s salmon tax was announced in 2022.
In August last year, Fluctus won an order from Chinese trout farmer Qinghai Minze Longyangxia Ecological Aquaculture for four feeding systems and spreaders.
Fluctus’ product portfolio includes feeding systems (water and air), feed barges, spreaders, software solutions, feed silos, silage equipment, conversion technology, and comprehensive service and maintenance offerings.