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Proximar transferred first batch of fish to nursery at Japan RAS facility

March 24, 2023  By  Nestor Arellano

Proximar's CEO Joachim Nielsen (left), reviewing the nursery together with Neder Snir, the CTO of RAS-technology provider AquaMaof (Photo: Proximar Seafood)

Proximar Seafood AS reported that it has transferred its first batch of fish to the nursery department of the company’s recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in Oyama, Janpan.

Construction of Proximar’s facility at the foot of Mt. Fuji is still going on. However, the nursery department has already been running for several weeks before transfer of the fish as part of the company’s test and preparation procedure.

In total, Proximar has inserted four batches in the facility since the start of production in October 2022.

“Transferring our first batch of fish from the first feeding to the nursery department is another important milestone for Proximar,” said  Joachim Nielsen, chief executive of Proximar. “The fish is performing according to our expectations, and we are confident in the facility and the team’s capabilities going forward.”

Proximar is one of the growing number of aquaculture companies that have recently started RAS operations in Japan. The company aims to raise about 26,000 metric tons of  Atlantic salmon in the facility which will be built in Yama, close to Japan’s famed Mt. Fuji volcano.

Nielsen said construction of the facility progressing according to schedule. The company is able to run its fish farm according to the operational plan, with more than 88 per cent of the civil works finished.

Proximar hopes to complete construction in this year’s third quarter.

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