Stolt Sea Farm recently took delivery of a state-of- the-art juvenile fish transporter. The transporter will move post- larvae and juvenile sole and turbot from our hatcheries in Spain to our ongrowing farms in Spain and Portugal. The team plan to expand this to include France in the longer term.
The custom-built vehicle has the capacity to move between 70,000 and 90,000 juveniles at a time, with each fish weighing around 8 to12 grammes.
Based on expected 2020 production, the juvenile transporter will be in action every two weeks for a full week, the plan is to increase this once our new farms are up and running. Each tank in the transporter is oxygenated and aerated to keep oxygen and CO2 levels optimal for the good health of the fish. The tanks also have isothermal properties that keep the temperature of the water at an optimal range during their journey.
In addition to having more control over the safety and wellbeing of the juveniles as they are moved to our farms, the new transporter offers the business considerable cost savings of up to 45% on some routes. This is just one of the ways that Stolt Sea Farm is improving efficiencies across the business.