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New Fish Pump Technology Provides better Fish Welfare and Profitability

Photo: ©Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS
Photo: ©Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS

SafeStream™; a revolutionary new fish pump technology that transports fish in a safer and more gentle way is now launched.

Handling fish in the aquaculture industry often entails large financial losses in the form of damaged and dead fish. Calculations show a total annual turnover loss of around NOK 16 billion in the industry - and handling injuries make up a proportion of this.

Through tests, SafeStream™ has been shown to reduce damage and mortality, which results in both significantly better fish welfare and increased profitability.

A fish will be moved repeatedly during its life span, and each time there is a danger of injury, death and distress. SafeStream™ contributes to better sustainability by reducing the number of dead and injured fish.

The Right Equipment Provides Better Profitability

An important prerequisite for good profitability is also about choosing the right equipment. There are great values in living fish to be moved. SafeStream™ is designed to handle large quantities of living fish, and the pump has a large capacity and a lifting height of up to 10 meters. The pump can be mounted both on land, on a raft and on-board various vessels.

We at Eide Fjordbruk AS have tested the SafeStream fish pump and have already purchased the first pump for our own use. We see this product as an important piece in the work of creating an overall good upbringing environment for our fish, Anders Jan Rød, Production Manager Smolt at Eide Fjordbruk AS.

The Fish Pump of the Future

Behind SafeStream™ is Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS on Osterøy. The company has more than 150 years of history in the development and manufacture of mechanical components and products for well-known, international brands, including Jets™. Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS has a very advanced machine shop and has high competence in pump technology.

Since 2016, Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS has aimed to develop a new pumping principle for improved fish welfare and reduced production waste. Along with the journey, they have had several strong partners. After initial research and preliminary projects, a main project was established with support from Innovation Norway. The project has resulted in SafeStream™, and is now ready for the market.

– We have been working on the development of the new fish pump technology for several years. After a long series of tests, both in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research and fish farming companies, we are now finally ready to launch SafeStream™, says CEO Bjørn Øvsthus in Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS. Since the requirements for controlled production process is increasing – both from the authorities and end customers, Øvsthus has no doubts about what the fish pumps of the future must have a greater focus on:

– Fish welfare must be at the centre, and SafeStream™ is ready for the important tasks that await, he emphasizes- – We want to offer our customers a profitable investment and contribute to more sustainable production and management of marine food resources. Throughout the product development phase, we have also placed great emphasis on sustainability for the product itself, through a robust fish pump with a long service life, and material choices that reflect reuse and recycling.

Marketing manager Eimund Øvsthus looks forward to starting the marketing work and getting in touch with relevant customers. The ambitions are great.

– We will initially focus on Vestland and Møre og Romsdal, and will eventually expand a sales force that covers the entire coast, he says.

For more Information Contact:

Bjørn Øvsthus, CEO of Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS, mobile: +47 952 33 052
Eimund Øvsthus, Market Manager of SafeStream™, mobile: +47 913 07 475

Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS is a manufacturing company, with in-house production capabilities for prototyping, casting, machining, assembly and testing.

The company’s key strategy is aiming to support the customers with production know-how – providing engineering services with a real design-for-production approach.

The company is well equipped for engineering turn-key solutions; as a stand-alone service or in joint cooperation with the customer.

Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS manufactures a wide variety of mechanical precision components for the maritime industry, the offshore- and subsea market, as well as other demanding industries.

Mjøs Metallvarefabrikk AS is located on Osterøy, north of Bergen. The company was established in 1865, hence represent more than 150 years of proud heritage within the foundry and machining business.

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