Einar Wathne has been elected to the board of Norwegian land-based salmon farmer Viking Aqua.

Wathne was previously CEO of feed manufacturer Ewos and president of Cargill Aqua Nutrition after the US feed giant bought the company in 2015.

More recently, Wathne has worked in the aquaculture industry as a consultant and has also taken on professional board positions for several companies.

"Wathne has over 30 years' experience in the seafood industry and knows the market inside and out, both nationally and internationally," said Viking Aqua Chairman Stein Inge Larsen.

"He will give the entire organization in Viking Aqua the significant knowledge and experience needed by an entrepreneurial company such as we are."

In November, Viking Aqua signed an agreement to build one of Norway's largest production facilities for land-based salmon in Skipavika, in western Norway, with the first pipelines set to be laid this year and fish put in tanks in 2023.

When the facility is completed, it will cover an area of 90,000 square meters and produce a total of 33,000 metric tons of salmon .