Over 5000 jobs expected from ACC salmon farming

The African Aquaculture Company (ACC) is expected to provide about 5000 jobs through direct and indirect beneficiation, full production, in-house and services, logistics and construction.

This will be due to the company’s acquisition of an ‘Offshore Commercial Phase’ license, which will pave the way for Sub-Saharan Africa’s first commercial salmon farming and production facility.

ACC is a subsidiary of the Norway-based Norwegian African Aquaculture Company.

In a media statement issued on Friday, the company’s Operations President in Namibia, Clement Kaukuetu, noted that the license is operational for 15 years.

With operations mainly focused in three offshore sites; north-west of Lderitz in the ||Kharas region. The AAC, according to Kaukuetu, will be producing high value and omega rich Atlantic Salmon for export as well as domestic markets.

‘Relying on Norwegian expertise, the AAC anticipates the initial phase to commence in early May with projected production capacity of 50 thousand tonnes per annum.

e salmon farms are envisaged to contribute to the socio-economic progression of the country through infrastructure development, job creation and skills transfer,’ Kaukuetu noted.

He added that the AAC is cognizant of the beginning of the industry is embarking on the establishment of a local Salmon Farming Association to invite more players into the globally lucrative salmon fishing industry.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency