Pioneer Kintyre fish farm for sale

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An experimental onshore salmon farm in a Machrihanish aircraft hangar is being put up for sale.

Norwegian firm Niri pioneered its Atlantic salmon Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) in a 1,600 cubic metre rearing tank in Machrihanish Airbase Community Company’s Gaydon hanger.

Niri’s experiment to grow 26,000 Atlantic salmon was run by its founder and former managing director Arve Gravdal (pictured).

The ‘unique’ land-based system for rearing salt- and fresh-water fish such as salmon, tilapia and cod can save energy and costs, its website explains, and be rolled out on an industrial scale around the world.

It adds the tanks also capture all sludges, prevent fish escapes into the sea, reduce the spread of diseases.

A subsidiary Niri Scotland Ltd announced this week it had ‘now reached a major milestone’: ‘Having developed a facility in Machrihanish to prove the Niri RAS technology, the shareholders have taken the decision to offer the facility for sale.

‘We are now able to receive interest from  industrial investors who wish to develop further the Machrihanish facility using the Niri RAS technology.

‘Niri shareholders wish to remain true to their strategy focused on being a technology business and not a production company.

‘The facility has sufficient infrastructure to support sizable expansion over the coming years to produce high quality salmon.

‘NIRI not only believe in RAS technology but see this as the future of the production of high quality Atlantic salmon.’