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Marine Harvest 'donut' salmon farming concept gets green light

The company could consider appealing against the refusal of a separate concept, however.

Norwegian salmon giant Marine Harvest is pleased its "marine donut" was awarded with a development permit by the country's fisheries directorate, but the group is considering an appeal against the rejection of its submersible "beck-cage" concept.

On Feb. 24, the the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries released the results for five development permit applications for several companies, including two requests from Marine Harvest.

The company was seeking eight licenses for its "marine donut" concept, which was approved on the basis that it falls “within the scheme of development permits,” and six licenses for its "beck-cage" projects, which got declined by authorities.

“We are satisfied with the decision that the 'donut' is eligible for development permits,” Eivind Naevdal-Bolstad, communication manager at Marine Harvest, told IntraFish.

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After the approval, Fisheries Norway asked Marine Harvest for a "detailed account of biomass," Naevdal-Bolstad said, adding the company will wait until the end of the application process before details on how many of those licenses will go ahead are clear.

The company could consider to appealing the rejection of the beck-cage projects, but its unclear if it will.

The concept is a farming cage made of steel with a frame structure along the cage axis. The concept was developed for exposed sites in partnership with German Gaatem Consulting, MARINTEK and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

According to the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, the documentation presented by the company about the project was not thorough enough, which led to the rejection.

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Marine Harvest will "review the rejection thoroughly" before making a decision on whether to appeal the decision, according to Naevdal-Bolstad.

The company already received preliminary approval for the granting of four licenses for the enclosed "egg" farming concept, although it applied for 14 licenses.

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