Benguela Salmon News

Innovasea selected as the tech provider and general contractor

We are sharing extracts from Innovasea's press release covering the cooperation with Benguela Blue Aqua Farming.
BOSTON – Innovasea, a global leader in technologically advanced aquatic solutions for aquaculture
and fish tracking, announced today that it has helped Benguela Blue Aqua Farming secure permits to
raise Atlantic salmon in net pens off the coast of Namibia.

The farm will be located eight kilometers offshore from the town of Lüderitz and will use Innovasea’s
submersible SeaStation, submerged grid infrastructure and proven open ocean technology to raise its

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Benguela Blue Aqua Farming on this important project to bring open ocean aquaculture to southern Africa,” said Langley Gace, Innovasea’s senior vice president of business development. “The company has a strong business vision and has worked closely with authorities in Namibia to develop a smart, realistic plan to safely raise healthy fish and create good-paying jobs for the local economy.”

Innovasea’s consulting services helped Benguela Blue obtain the permits required to run a trial operation consisting of up to four SeaStations as well as a permit to raise up to 35,000 tons of fish annually.

“We are proud to be the first company to bring sustainable aquafarming to Namibia,” said Johannes Aldrian, co-founder and executive director of Benguela Blue Aqua Farming. “The area has excellent water conditions and enormous potential, and we’re optimistic that Namibia’s stable governance will encourage other companies to follow our lead and help create a thriving fish farming industry.”

The farm is targeting the second quarter of 2024 to begin operations. Its first harvest is expected to be around 100 tons.

Water conditions at the site are ideal for raising salmon but there are strong surface currents and wave heights often exceed two meters, requiring the use of submersible, pens and a submerged pen infrastructure that are able to avoid most of the wave energy.
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