Construction of World's First Offshore Clam Farm Begins in Southern Portugal

  • Alvor, Portugal, June 8, 2020. Oceano Fresco S.A., the pioneer shellfish aquaculture company, announced today the launch of the physical setup phase for its first-in-class offshore farm, to be built in a 103-hectare concession off the coast of the Algarve, in southern Portugal. The infrastructure is the first of its type in the world and at full production will allow the growth of up to 600 tons of clams per year.

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  • "Oceano Fresco is reinventing shellfish aquaculture through application of visionary approaches and 21st century technology, including incorporation of fundamental breeding principles during start up. OF is clearly looking long term", said Dr. Stan Allen, of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), a world- leading expert in bivalve aquaculture technology and a senior advisor to the company. Oceano Fresco's founder and CEO, Bernardo Ferreira de Carvalho, added that "June 2020 is the month when our vision becomes reality, because it’s when our hatchery starts operating and our off-shore farm is deployed in the sea".

    The deployment of the off-shore farm began by placing 72 seven-ton reinforced concrete blocks (pictured above) on the seabed, to form part of the structure's anchoring system. The company is using custom-made ships for the construction, as well as an international team of specialists to set up and manage the site in close articulation with its newly built hatchery and biomarine center in Nazaré, also in Portugal.

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  • Oceano Fresco uses cutting-edge tools and a science-based approach to breed and commercialize premium species of bivalves, starting with varieties of clam native to Europe. The Company employs a growing team of experts in fields ranging from shellfish genetics and aquaculture to commercial plant and animal breeding. Oceano Fresco's integrated business model allows the company to control several key steps in the value chain of clam production, with the final aim of becoming the world leader in the sustainable production of high-value bivalve species.

  • For more information about Oceano Fresco: www.oceano-fresco.pt

    For enquiries: bernardo.carvalho@oceano-fresco.pt