Blue Aqua to ramp up local seafood production with a super-intensive Rainbow Trout farm in Singapore.
Singapore, 11 Jan 2022 – Blue Aqua, a leader in shrimp aquaculture technology, is now looking to develop Singapore’s first high-tech fish farm for producing Trout. This is part of the group’s ambitious plans to invest SGD $45 million over the next 2 years to expand its aquaculture operations, in Singapore & abroad. With plans for an annual production capacity of 1200 tonnes of rainbow trout – a cold water species native to the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America, it plans to cater to the local demand for a sustainable fish of the highest quality. The project will showcase a proprietary ModulRAS system developed by Assentoft Aqua, Denmark, which specialises in sustainable land-based RAS aquaculture technologies.
Singapore has set its sights on a ‘30 by 30’ masterplan to meet 30% of its local food production by 2030. The intended project will incorporate super-intensive technology coupled with AI to help achieve sustainable fish production locally to support Singapore’s food security initiatives, by making available fresh daily harvest of its premium quality rainbow trout.
With Singapore’s ‘Green Plan 2030’ encouraging a vibrant sustainability ecosystem, the project will also look into developing green technology for energy and carbon efficient urban farming through partnerships with clean energy technology firms. The developed sustainable trout farming system will be eventually deployed across South-East Asia, Middle East and North Africa.
“Our heartiest congratulations to Dr Farshad and the team at Blue Aqua for their visionary move into super intensive urban farming. Assentoft Aqua understands that Blue Aqua has undertaken a very rigorous due diligence and technology validation process where leading RAS technologies from across the world were evaluated. Today’s announcement is a further attestation of Assentoft’s technology and its mark of quality for urban farms of the future”, said A/Prof Matthew Tan, CEO Asia, Assentoft Aqua Asia Pte. Ltd.
Dr Farshad Shishehchian, CEO & Founder of Blue Aqua International Group said: “The future lies in sustainable yet high-yield smart-farming systems that are able to overcome the ever-evolving landscape of environmental and infrastructure constraints. Blue Aqua has been a strong advocate for super-intensive, species-focused aquaculture since its inception, and we are excited to augment our efforts to offer a scalable aquaculture technology for farmed trout and various species of farmed shrimp, to serve as an important, efficient and sustainable protein food source for decades to come.”
Advised by Lighthouse Finance, an Oslo based advisory firm specialised in financing sustainable seafood projects around the globe, the company is in the midst of raising investment for a phase-wise project implementation & commercialisation.
“At Lighthouse Finance we consistently keep exploring for aquaculture projects with a right balance, to assist them in their growth phases and Blue Aqua’s plans tick most of the boxes for us to come in and partner with. Along with possessing the technological depth, experience in the value-chain and goodwill, Blue Aqua’s vision to be a solution provider anticipating future challenges should catapult it to be a formidable high-growth enterprise across species. Supporting an environmentally sustainable aquaculture project and guiding it to become a circular economy operation is close to our mission’s heart and hence our resolve to partner with Blue Aqua for their next growth cycle”, said Roy Høiås, CEO & Founder of Lighthouse Finance AS, Norway.
About Blue Aqua International
Blue Aqua International is a one-stop solution provider for the aquaculture industry worldwide. The group provides cutting-edge solutions for the management of the culture environment and the optimization of animal nutrition. Specialised in aquaculture technology – the group transfers its expert solutions to over 4000 customers worldwide and operates farms in Singapore and Indonesia. For more information, visit www.blueaquaint.com
About Assentoft Aqua AS, Denmark:
Assentoft Aqua (Denmark) is one of the World’s Leading Aquaculture Engineering (RAS) companies. It has been involved in RAS development since the very beginning of the Recirculation Aquaculture Industry – learning from both successes and failures from existing plants, including salmon plants.
Assentoft is second to none in having the lowest possible footprint RAS that saves space, pipes, buildings etc, rapid installation time by using steel tanks as our basic component, having the best available water treatment within the industry, low investment per produced ton of fish and deep knowledge about salmon, trout and tropical pelagic fish production in land-based RAS-systems. For more information, visit www.assentoftaqua.com
About Lighthouse Finance AS, Norway:
Lighthouse Finance is a global advisory firm that specializes in capital raising, asset finance and management across the seafood value chain. It represents established as well as early-stage clients across a wide spectrum of industry verticals including fisheries, hatcheries, integrated aquaculture operations, production and processing businesses. It supports projects across the world from its offices in Norway, Denmark, USA and India. For more information, visit www.lighthousefinance.net.
Nathalie Lim | VP (Marketing)