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NEC completes Japanese salmon RAS facility

December 14, 2022  By  Nestor Arellano

The Fuji Katsuragawa Factory RAS facility of NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation (Image: NEC)

NESIC Land Aquaculture Co. Ltd., a group company of Japanese digital and networking firm NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation, recently celebrated the completion of its recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in Yamanashi Prefecture.

The Fuji Katsuragawa Factory is NEC’s first large-scale commercial land-based salmon farming facility that will also deploy the company’s information and communications technology (ICT).

NEC Corp. is a US$28-billion IT and electronic company based in Minato, Tokyo. It is one of the growing number of Japanese companies that are investing in aquaculture.


“We will contribute to the local economy in Yamanashi Prefecture through employment and sales of salmon produced at this factory,” a press release from the company said. “In addition, by deploying this factory as a model of a digitized land-based aquaculture farm both in Japan and overseas, we will contribute to the resolution of social issues such as preserving the marine environment and food problems.”

The facility covers 4,000 s/m and currently has the capacity to produce 500 tons of salmon per year.

NEC said that it plans to introduce juvenile fish sometime in January next year.

In 2021, NEC also partnered with Indian aquaculture construction firm, King Infra Ventures, on a shrimp RAS proof of concept that will employ networking, sensors, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

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