In Higashikagura Town, Hokkaido, a land-based aquaculture facility for growing salmon using the underground water of the Daisetsu Mountains was completed, and a commemorative ceremony was held on the 30th.
This facility will be built by a major industrial gas company headquartered in Osaka City, and will cultivate salmon using the abundant underground water of the Daisetsu Mountains.
On the 30th, a commemorative ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the facility, and Mayor Susumu Yamamoto of Higashikagura Town gave a greeting, saying, "Since the town is located inland, I did not expect to be able to cultivate fish.
After the officials cut the ribbon, local children poured salmon fry into a four-meter-diameter tank, which was met with loud applause.
By dissolving oxygen in tank water to promote salmon growth, the facility says it can shorten the time it normally takes to ship salmon from three to five years to about two years.
Kikuo Toyoda, Chairman of Air Water, said, "Salmon is a very important marine resource in Hokkaido, and we would like to contribute to the stable supply of resources by utilizing our technology."
The facility aims to ship about 4 tons per year, and the salmon will be provided at restaurants in the town and will also be used as a gift in return for hometown tax payment.