Marine consultancy AqualisBraemar has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese research institution to help develop offshore aquaculture.
The company’s agreement with the East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute – Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (ECSFRI-CAFS) covers joint research and collaborative development of equipment/engineering and relevant technologies that enhance the development of offshore aquaculture. The scope of cooperation includes the research and development of equipment, engineering, fish-farming and interrelated technologies relevant to offshore aquaculture.
AqualisBraemar, part of the AqualisBraemar LOC Group, is a global independent marine, engineering and adjusting consultancy that has been present in China since 2004. Within the aquaculture sector, the company has been involved with Nordlaks’ ground-breaking 385 metre long Havfarm 1 and SalMar’s Ocean Farm 1 offshore salmon farm projects.
“As the international aquaculture industry is looking to extend further offshore to develop and operate closed cage fish farms, our specialist marine and offshore engineering competence becomes more and more relevant for this industry. Partnering with a renowned research institute such as the ECSFRI-CAFS is a natural next step in our efforts to support the industrialisation and sustainability efforts of the aquaculture sector,” said Reuben Segal, Chief Operating Officer of AqualisBraemar LOC.
ECSFRI-CAFS is a world class fisheries research institute that over the past 60 years has made major contributions to the development of fishery sciences in China. Its fields of research include exploitation, utilization and management of fishery resources, fishery environment and assessment, fishing technique and fishery engineering, aquatic products processing and quality safety, aquaculture and enhancement, fishery remote sensing and fishery biological technology.
“The world’s rapidly growing population needs more proteins, and fish and seafood can provide this. To achieve this objective, the aquaculture sector must become even more sustainable, from a cost, environmental and fish health perspective. Our partnership with AqualisBraemar LOC will seek to solve some of these issues,” said Wang Lumin, Vice President of ECSFRI-CAFS.
Headquartered in London, the AqualisBraemar LOC Group has offices in all major marine and offshore energy hubs worldwide, with 67 offices across 39 locations in Europe, Africa, Americas, Middle East, Asia, and Australia.