Independent salmon farmer Loch Duart will be the first in Scotland to install a new hybrid cage system designed to cope with the harshest conditions.
The Trident™Hybrid Steel Cage combines a tough steel cage with flexible HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipes to improve safety and stability. It has been developed in British Columbia, Canada by Poseidon Ocean Systems, a full-service aquaculture engineering and support company.
The bid was secured through Trimara Services, a Scotland-based global distributor of aquaculture systems, services, and products.
The Trident system is designed to survive high-energy sites and is also customised to integrate farm operations. For example, feed pipes and other supply lines can be recessed below the walkway, reducing trip hazards.
Mark Warrington, Managing Director of Loch Duart, said: “We trust Trimara’s ability to deliver. We want to be close to our fish and these cages will let us continue with our commitment to providing best-in-class husbandry while improving the working environment for our team.”
Poseidon Ocean Systems, a specialist aquaculture company, was established by Mathew and Heather Clarke in 2015. Mathew Clarke commented: “We looked at existing steel cages and realised that nothing had really changed in more than 25 years. ‘There must be a better way’ was our design philosophy. What we have developed is a dramatically improved, innovative steel cage system. The system is significantly stronger and performs incredibly well at high energy sites; it is also easier to maintain and the accessories are fully customisable.”
The Trident cages are currently being constructed and will arrive in Scotland through March. Trimara will be assembling the units in March and April ready for stocking in June.