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West Coast Salmon appoints new COO



A recirculating aquaculture system expert from Norway’s AKVA Group is taking on a new role at West Coast Salmon AS.

The land-based salmon producer announced on Monday that Morten Nielsen has been appointed the company’s new chief operating officer (COO).

Norway-based West Coast Salmon (WCS) plans to build and operate an industrial-scale, land-based fish farm outside Reno, Nevada. The first phase of the operation is intended to have an annual production capacity of 12,600 tons.

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WCS hopes Nielsen will help the company achieve its goals in the U.S. west coast.

Nielsen holds a masters of science in biotechnology and aquaculture engineering.

Through Aquatech Solution DK, Morten was previously in charge of designing and developing land-based smolt facilities for various clients. When the company was sold to AKVA Group in 2015, Morten continued to manage the company’s land-based activities.

“This is a very important milestone for West Coast Salmon,” said Henrik Krefting, CEO of WCS. He said Nielsen brings “a unique land-based aquaculture expertise and project execution management experience as well as a combination of entrepreneurial and corporate approach.”

Morten will formally take the post of COO at WCS in March  2021.