Equipment supplier Akva Group has created an Americas land-based division, the result of strong global growth in sales of recirculated aquaculture systems (RAS) over recent years.

The new division will be in Puerto Montt, Chile, and the company has appointed Mary Ann Rademacher as its general manager.

Projects in Canada and Chile have been supported by a large and experienced team, the company said.

The Americas team is currently made up of more than 50 full time staff, including a Chile-based engineering department, project management and installation teams.

The teams have worked on projects within the Americas, as well as some of the largest global RAS projects in Norway, the Faroe Islands and Tasmania.