FRD Japan Co., Ltd.
FRD Japan decides to construct a salmon trout land-based aquaculture commercial plant in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture
Approximately 5 years of demonstration test plant operation to a commercial plant with a scale of 3,500 tons per year
FRD Japan Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, CEO: Yoichi Tsuji/Tetsuro Sogo, hereinafter “FRD”) will construct a salmon trout land-based aquaculture commercial plant (hereinafter “Commercial Plant”) in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture. has been decided. The commercial plant aims to produce and sell 3,500 tons of salmon trout per year from 2027. In addition, FRD will raise funds through a third-party allotment and a loan utilizing the Blue Sustainability Finance framework. In addition to the construction funds for the commercial plant, the funds to be procured this time will be used for working funds, research, development, investment funds, etc. is.
Implementation of capital increase through third-party allotment FRD, Air Water Inc., STI Food Holdings Co., Ltd., Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Haseko Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Ltd., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and MUFG Bank, Ltd. have agreed to procure a total of 21 billion yen through a third-party allotment of shares. Loans using the Blue Sustainability Finance Framework
FRD has concluded loan agreements with The Keiyo Bank, Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Ltd., and Resona Bank, Ltd. to finance the construction of commercial plants. For this loan, FRD has formulated the “Blue Sustainability Loan Framework”, and Rating and Investment Information, Inc. (R&I) has provided a second-party opinion on the compatibility of this framework with the principles set by
international organizations. We have obtained from
(Note: Blue sustainability finance refers to funding for projects that contribute to the conservation of the marine environment and marine resources, among the sustainability finance that contributes to the construction of a sustainable society by solving environmental and social issues. )
Approximately 5 years of demonstration test plant operation to commercial plant Since 2018, FRD has been operating salmon trout demonstration test plants in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture and Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture. More than 20 generations of fish have been farmed at the demonstration plant, and by maintaining an ideal water quality environment with a unique closed circulation system that utilizes bacteria, salmon trout can be produced stably without depending on the sea. have proven. We sell the fish we produce under the brand name of “Okasodachi Salmon”, and we have received high praise for the freshness that comes from farming in Chiba Prefecture, which is located in the suburbs of the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Through five years of operating a demonstration plant, FRD has accumulated sufficient knowledge to undertake a commercial plant, both in terms of improving its own closed circulation system and increasing the efficiency of aquaculture operations. Starting with this commercial plant, FRD aims to develop multiple land-based salmon aquaculture plants with a maximum capacity of 10,000 tons per site, mainly in Asia, including Japan.
FRD’s Closed Recirculating Land Aquaculture
Against the backdrop of global population growth and changes in food culture, the demand for marine products, which are sources of high-quality animal protein, is increasing year by year, and the need for reproducible farmed marine products is increasing. On the other hand, the land suitable for marine aquaculture is limited, and the industrialization of land-based aquaculture is necessary to support the growing demand for marine products. FRD’s closed circulation land-based aquaculture system uses advanced filtration technology that uses bacteria to maintain water quality while maintaining closed circulation of breeding water without using natural seawater. As a result, it is possible to greatly reduce the cost of water temperature adjustment at the time of water intake and the risk of fish disease intrusion, which were the factors of high cost in conventional land-based aquaculture, and also allow aquaculture to be performed inland where you choose. Become.
It is difficult to farm salmon during the summer in Asia, where the seawater temperature is high, and most of the farmed salmon are imported from cold regions such as Norway and Chile. In land-based aquaculture, water temperature control enables year-round salmon aquaculture in the Asian region, and by locating plants near consumption areas, it is possible to distribute highly fresh products at low transportation costs. FRD will continue to work on the industrialization of land-based aquaculture with the aim of
establishing sustainable means of producing marine products and realizing a world where people can easily eat delicious fish. -Overview of commercial plant-
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-Overview of FRD Japan-
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-Conceptual drawing of the completed commercial plant-
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