Nova Austral’s Sixty South Antarctic salmon brand announced plans to build a new hatchery 45 kilometers north of Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego.
This state-of-the-art, 4-stage facility will enable Sixty South to produce 12 million smolts of 120 grams per year, or 3 million every quarter. What's unique is the indoor facilities ensure control over the entire production process, and grow fish without any antibiotics and in the purest, most natural and clean conditions possible. The hatchery also boasts sophisticated monitoring and water quality control systems and strong bio-security, thus reducing the risk of water contamination. The location also enables short transportation time from hatchery to farm.
What's more, the facility supports water recyclability and recirculation to limit the amount of water used throughout the production process, while also offering superior environmental responsibility benefits.
Sixty South is said to be the only company in Tierra del Fuego using the hatchery's innovative technology.
“This important investment confirms the commitment of the company toward sustainability, as this new facility is eco-friendly with state-of-the-art technology to control the water quality and the emissions to the environment. We expect to secure our smolts supply while improving the bio-security. Soon, 100% of the farming cycle of Sixty South Salmon will be in Tierra del Fuego in the Magallanes region," says Nicos Nicolaides, chief executive officer.
The hatchery is currently in final stages of development, and is planned to be 100% complete in August.