The construction of the project costs €12M, and it will produce some 1200 tons of tilapia per annum
By Jewish Business News Correspondent
The Israeli company, Aqua Maof Aquaculture Technologies, has established the largest industrialized fish farming facility two month ago in Poland. The facility is spread out over an area of 8000 sq. m. The cost of its construction, some €12M, is expected to be recouped within 5 years of operation. Aqua Maof Aquaculture Technologies from Israel has designed and built the facility, in cooperation with local Polish businessmen.
David Hazeret, CEO and partner said, “This is an industrialized, energy-efficient and economical solution for raising fish for food everywhere, even in extreme weather conditions.”
Water pollution and unmonitored commercial fishing have led to the decrease in the supply of sea and oceans fish, and the traditional industry of breeding fish in open ponds, can no longer satisfy demand. Thus, in order to meet the requirements, that are growing every year, a group of Israeli and American experts have founded a company called AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies, and have developed an innovative patent-protected technology to industrialize the procedure.
The new method makes it possible to breed fish under controlled temperature conditions in all types of weather, in any country and during any season, independently of external factors.
Although this means breeding under cover in tanks, an additional patent makes it possible to save more than 70% of the energy and manpower as compared to other breeding facilities in the world. This method saves production costs and produces a predetermined quantity and quality of fish under the full control of the operators of the plant.
At present, several projects are being developed: a project near Moscow, Russia, which is to produce 500 tons of trout annually, and will be opened in 2013. An additional project in Romania will breed sturgeon for caviar production and others.
The Company has signed agreements with several other investment groups to construct additional facilities in Israel, Africa and South East Asia. The cost of building each industrialized fish farm ranges from € 4M to € 150M.
Aqua Maof Technologies, has been established in 1989 by two brothers from Kibbutz Lavi, who started from traditional fishing ponds in the valley of Beit Shean, Israel.