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Swiss Blue Salmon chooses VAQ as RAS designer

September 8, 2023  By  Nestor Arellano

Swiss Blue Salmon partners with VAQ. Back left to right: Jan Erik Løvik, Jesper N. Nielsen, Marius Hægh, Rudolf Ryf, Sune Møller, & Sondre Høidalen Front left to right: Madeline E. Brien, Phil Huber, & Fabian Massa. (Image: SBS)

After what it described as an “intense selection process,” Swiss Blue Salmon (SBS) announced that it has chosen Norway-based VAQ to design its recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) for a 3,400 metric ton facility that SBS is planning to build in Mollis, Switzerland.

“We have spent the last six months reviewing our strategy and developing a clear vision for how we are going to develop and execute our vision in collaboration with our project partners,” said Sune Møller, chief technology officer at SBS. “This has led us to do an extensive assessment of the RAS designers out there and VAQ have come out on top of all the candidates we assessed.”

VAQ supplies complete RAS facilities with fish welfare and focuses on water quality, operational ease, and quality.


From conceptualization to completion, VAQ is involved in project development and takes care of biological production planning, mass balances, construction, and training.

SBS wants to be known as a sustainable salmon farmer. The company aims to use the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning solutions in land-based fish farming. It was founded by Ruedi Ryf, a fly fisherman who spent hours on water and is focused on protecting the wild population of Atlantic salmon.

“We have many years of experience which are complimented well by the team SBS brings to the table. They have a lot of local, Swiss, and international experience, which is needed to deliver a project of this kind successfully,” said Marius Hægh, chief operations officer at VAQ.


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