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Marine Harvest's 'egg' farms look set for four licences

Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says the enclosed salmon farm concept 'qualifies in general' for its development licenses scheme.

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has informed Marine Harvest that its enclosed 'egg' farming concept qualifies in general for the development licenses scheme and they may award four development licenses for the project.

"We are encouraged to see that the authority shares our view that the egg concept represents a new technology which may contribute to move the salmon industry forward," said Marine Harvest in a statement to the Oslo Bors.

"We will continue to work with the authorities, and hope they will reach a final conclusion imminently in order for the project to commence."

Marine Harvest applied for 14 development licenses in relation to the concept "the egg" back in February.

The technology is based on the closed construction 'egg' concept, a closed technology that is 44 meters high, 33 meters wide and 90 percent of the structure will be submerged.

Each egg will eventually be able to accommodate 1,000 metric tons of salmon.

The technology aims to tackle several major challenges for the industry, including lice and escapes.

“The objective of this project is to enhance the competitive advantage of Norwegian aquaculture which already has access to sheltered coastal areas,” said Alf-Helge Aarskog, CEO of Marine Harvest back in February.

It has also applied for a further 20 development licenses for three other concepts.

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