(Yicai Global) April 13 -- China’s southernmost island province of Hainan will build China’s first intelligent deep-water fish farm in the high seas. The farm will adopt remote control technology to operate without staff. Total investment is expected to be CNY6 billion (USD955 million).
Six companies, among them state-backed marine engineering giant China Shipbuilding Industry Corp., Bank of China Hainan Branch and Hainan Ocean Development Co. inked an agreement on building the aquafarm yesterday. Its functions of feeding, fish monitoring and dead fish processing can be remotely controlled, making it China’s most automated, largest and deepest fish farm with the greatest breeding capacity.
The enclosure will be 55 meters deep and comprise three cages 75 meters in height and 120 meters in diameter. It will encompass an area of 250,000 cubic meters of water -- the size of 200 standard swimming pools. Its annual fish produce will reach 6,000 tons, representing the total output of 500-600 standard deep-water cages.
The facility is expected to generate a total economic output of CNY20 billion (USD3.2 billion) and create over 10,000 jobs for the city’s entire sector chain. It will help transform the province’s fishery sector and further develop smart deep-sea cages.
Editors: Ben Armour