MMC First Process awarded fish handling contract for Salmon Evolution

May 26, 2020

Ingegjerd Eidsvik, CEO of Artec Aqua, says that one of the main reasons for selecting MMC First Process was the company’s experience and expertise from handling large, live fish on board well boats.

Chosen to supply the fish handling system

MMC First Process has been chosen to supply the system for internal transport of live fish to Salmon Evolution’s development at Indre Harøy in Hustadvika Municipality. The contract has been signed with Artec Aqua, the turnkey contractor for the development. Petter Leon Fauske, CEO of MMC First Process, is pleased about this contract. Mr Fauske says that the company’s strategic investment in the land-based aquaculture market is now producing results. Ingegjerd Eidsvik, CEO of Artec Aqua, says that one of the main reasons for selecting MMC First Process was the company’s experience and expertise from handling large, live fish on board well boats.  Håkon André Berg, CEO of Salmon Evolution, is pleased that MMC First Process has been chosen and says that this joint venture will help secure the future of the development in Indre Harøy.

Leaders in large, live fish handling

MMC First Process is a major player in the global market for handling large, live salmon and trout in the aquaculture industry. Frank Edvard Vike, CSO in MMC First Process, stresses the importance of this market positioning and MMC’s overall expertise as the basis for supplying land-based aquaculture.

The Sales Manager for land-based aquaculture in MMC First Process, Børre Waagan, says the company’s efforts are rooted in a desire to take care of each individual fish while securing the biomass to maximum effect. The authorities set strict requirements for equipment used to handle live fish. MMC First Process’ live fish handling products have helped to set the industry standard for aquaculture. Mr Waagan adds that this has been possible because the company has constantly built expertise and developed equipment that ensures fish welfare and gentle handling.

New innovations

The Salmon Evolution contract includes new systems, specially developed for land-based aquaculture. MMC First Process will help to ensure that Salmon Evolution can move the fish internally within the installation as required. Top priority for Ingjarl Skarvøy, COO of Salmon Evolution, is to be able to move the fish in a way that protects their welfare. “We must also be able to move the fish in a way that optimises the production capacity in our installation,” says Mr Skarvøy.

Local ripple effects

Salmon Evolution’s development at Indre Harøy has already created good ripple effects in the region. Håkon André Berg, CEO of Salmon Evolution, stresses that the company regards these effects as both intentional and desirable.  “With Ålesund-based Artec Aqua as the turnkey contractor and now MMC First Process as the fish handling equipment supplier, we are demonstrating that we mean business when we talk about local roots. Perhaps the most exciting thing about these choices,” says Mr Berg, “is that these companies have local roots and are also market leaders internationally.”

Succeeding together

“We are very proud of being part of the success story with Artec Aqua and Salmon Evolution. This contract is very important for us strategically, as we are making full use of experience and expertise from several specialist areas in the company. When we collaborate on a project, the chemistry really works.  Our aim in MMC First Process is to help our customers to be best in the world for sustainable management of marine food resources. In this project all the conditions for success are present, now also in the land-based environment and this will create big new opportunities for us globally,” says Petter Leon Fauske of MMC First Process.

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From left: Frank Edvard Vike (MMC First Process), Bjørnar Flem (Artec Aqua), Petter Leon Fauske, Børre Waagan from MMC First Process and Asbjørn Skaro (Artec Aqua)