The German-based firm Fritz Aquatics has entered the production of the first ever “sea-water-powered” aquaculture equipment, which it says can produce up to 1,000kg of fish per day.
The plant will be the first in Europe to use a system that captures the water and feeds it to the fish it uses.
It also plans to use the same technology to make fresh fishmeal, which is a staple in the diet of many species of fish, such as anchovies and tuna.
Fritz Aquatics said the plant, which will be operational in the city of Karlsruhe, will produce fishmeal for consumers in the “next few months”.
The company is hoping to launch its first commercial aquacultures by the end of 2018, but the company says it expects to be able to grow the technology for its own plants by 2020.
Frogs, cod and other aquatic species are key ingredients in the products, which are designed to be used on a factory floor.
The product, which was announced last month by the company, will be sold to commercial and private customers.
The company hopes to have the first production plant operational by 2020, but it says it will need to invest “up to 10 times more than the current factory” to be profitable.
It said the plants would produce between 100 and 250 tonnes of fishmeal per day, which could be used for a wide range of products.
“The fishmeal will be used as a feed for all the products we produce, from food to medicine to packaging and pharmaceuticals,” the company said in a statement.
Frazer Schuster, president of the German Institute of Aquaculture, said the company had a long way to go before it could have a production facility.
“It would be a very ambitious project to make such a product.
The fishmeal would be only a fraction of the volume required,” he said.”
We have to be careful.
There’s a huge amount of investment and a lot of risk involved, so we have to make sure we are doing it correctly.
I would have expected a lot more investment.”