Norway to test land-based red claw crayfish farming
The University of Bergen and Pure Lobster will use Ocean On Land Technology hatchery products to test the potential of land-based farming systems for this species.
Ocean On Land Technology® announced that its state-of-the-art Aquahive® and hatchery products are to be used in a ground-breaking red claw crayfish trial in Norway.
The trial has been organized through a partnership between the University of Bergen and Pure Lobster, a Norwegian company dedicated to researching the potential for carrying out sustainable land-based farming systems for the Australian freshwater red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus).
If successful, the trial will be the first in Norway to rear the species on land, providing a significant opportunity for hatcheries elsewhere to do the same and help to further enhance the commercial future of this shellfish species.
Ocean On Land Technology’s proprietary Aquahive system, as well as a bespoke Ocean On Land Technology RAS system, will be used in the trial. Nik Sachlikidis, managing director of the Cadman Capital Group’s Aquaculture Portfolio, of which Ocean On Land Technology forms part, said that “we are extremely proud to play a part in this trial, a trial that could transform the production of red claw crayfish not only in Norway but in other geographies. This is exactly what our products are created for, to support the development of new and exciting ways to sustainably source shellfish on land, further securing the future of the aquaculture industry and the supply of seafood for years to come.”
Aslak Heining, CEO at Pure Lobster added that “the solution put forward by Ocean on Land Technology plays a crucial role in the trial itself and the development of the potential red claw crayfish farming system. We would like to thank the team for their assistance in this project and we look forward to working together on the project and in the future.”
Ocean On Land Technology’s products have been used in Norway since 2010, with the delivery of these new systems further solidifying its presence across Europe.