Marine Harvest applied for 14 licenses to test a new type of closed fish farm. Fisheries believe it holds four.
The company is one of several that have applied for so-called development permits, reported the newspaper Bergens Tidende.
These are basically free, but it costs ten million to make them permanent. That is 40 million less than the Directorate of Fisheries estimated the price of a regular breeding license.
Basically, Marine Harvest wanted to test 14 new floating, closed containers of a type known as ‘the egg’. Each facility should be able to produce up to 1,000 tonnes of salmon.
Closed containers also resolve problems with lice, emissions and escaped fish. The company would invest 600 million.
That’s less than the 700 million the Directorate of Fisheries believes 14 concessions to be worth.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today