Aquafarms 4 and 5 (AF4 and AF5) were acquired by Tri-way Industries, Ltd. as part of SIAF's carve-out of aquaculture operations. They represent, respectively, Phases 1 and 2 of the project formerly known as ZSNPP, (short for new Zhongshan Prawn Project) or the "Megafarm."
The new Zhongshan Prawn Project (ZSNPP) is a phase dependent development planned to span 20 years, and projected to deliver 10,000 metric tons of prawns for sale at the end of its first phase. This is eight to ten times the size of the Company's original fish farm, which started production in mid 2011. Construction commenced during the first quarter of 2014 on the designated 8,000 MU (1,300 acres) site. With this project, Sino Agro Food is building the largest land-based aquaculture project in the world.
Capacity production for the first stage of the first phase will be 6,000 metric tons.
Sino Agro Food's wholly owned subsidiary, Capital Award (CA), has licensed its indoor aquaculture A Power Recirculating Aquaculture System (APRAS) technology, now in its 11th generation, to ZSNPP. CA is the sole project developer, and will be the exclusive product marketer and distributor of the facility's products.
Project updates are listed in reverse order, beginning with the most current. Additional images (such as these) are also published on the Company's Facebook page, Twitter feed, LinkedIn page, and Google+ page.
On March 4, in Stockholm, SIAF's Chief Scientific Officer, Anthony Ostrowski, Ph.D., spoke to a group of SIAF Investors about the Zhongshan project.
After the presentation, Dr. Ostrowski answered questions from the audience. Video of the presentation takes about one hour to view, and is quite informative:
In Bergen, Norway
Dr. Ostrowski describes the Zhongshan New Prawn Project.
On March 3, SIAF CSO Dr. Anthony Ostrowski delivered a presentation at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum, in Bergen, Norway. His slide show, The SIAF APRAS Model: A Paradigm Shift in 21st Century Aquaculture, describes SIAF’s technology and strategy at work in the Zhongshan MegaFarm Project. The presentation is available for download:
Images and videos show the initial trial stocking of two tanks at the Zhongshan Aquaculture MegaFarm. Postlarvae prawns from our hatchery at Prawn Farm 2 were acclimated then released into the tanks, where they will transferred to the next stage in three to four weeks. The Company issued a Press Release that contains more detail.
Unloading postlarvae prawns
A bag of postlarvae prawns, as sold by Prawn Farm 2
Removing tank covers
Boxes containing bags of postlarvae prawns, ready to unpack
Bags of postlarvae prawns acclimate to the temperature of the tank water
The Zhongshan MegaFarm is in an intense and exciting process now and going forward. The Company will report milestone accomplishments and illustrate progress regularly on this web page.
The video below is the first of four. When viewing is complete, images that link to the other three very short videos will be presented. The entire Collection of MegaFarm Stocking Videos is available at https://vimeo.com/album/3820121.
Employee releases postlarvae prawns into a tank
Bags of postlarvae prawns from the hatchery at Prawn Farm 2
This video, taken on Sino Agro Food's Investor Tour in September 2015, shows progress up to early September. The roofing is installed, and stage one awaits installation of the mechanical equipment. After that, the tanks will be stocked.
Additionally, please view this promotional video produced by the owner of the New Zhongshan Prawn Project. A few inaccuracies were noted, so the comments on the video's page indicate corrections.
The Chinese version of this video also is available online: v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTM1NDg4MTcyMA==.html
Phase 1 nearing completion in September of 2015
Rain has caused construction delays, but there is quite a bit of progress at the mega farm!
Still images in video format show construction activities over the past four months at our Zhongshan Prawn Project. The photos illustrate infrastructure development efforts for the initial stage of our "megafarm" operation.