26.10.2021 | Second climate room under construction
From left to right: Joran Glasbergen (trainee), Michaël Laterveer (Blue Linked, co-founder of the Oceans at Work Foundation), Ymke van der Moolen (technician, volunteer) and Koen Tomson (Blue Linked)
Now that the first climate room for the 'Sea farm on land' is built, it is time to construct the second climate room. The first room on the ground floor, which still needs to be equipped, will be used for growing fish larvae. The second room will be located upstairs and will be used to work on the basis of the food chain for the fish: the cultivation of single-celled algae.
While the construction of the first climate room was subcontracted to the company Hans van der Meijs, we put our shoulders under it ourselves for the algae culture room. It really is teamwork!
Helping a good cause
Before the insulation panels are put in place, they have to be sawn to size (photo left). Real precision work, entrusted to Koen and Ymke. A deafening noise echoes through the hall. Hearing protectors on! Technician Ymke (on the right in the photo) can regularly be found in the hall as a volunteer to help with the construction of the hatchery. He thinks it's a great idea that here in Hazerswoude-dorp young cod and turbot will soon be swimming around that have been cultured in a sustainable way. 'It's great to be able to help with this good cause'.
'Yes, it fits!'
The white panels have already been placed against the back wall (centre photo). Next, the four men push the panels against the roof, one by one. Everyone knows exactly what to do. The panels fall together smoothly. 'Yes, it fits!' Michaël says triumphantly. And off they go to the next panel.
The entire food chain under one roof
The algae-cultivation room has a surface area of about 50 m2. Algae reactors will soon be installed here, as can be seen on the photo on the right. Seawater circulates in these systems, containing single-celled algae (the green colour) that can multiply to the right density. Then they are harvested. Subsequently, the algae serve as food for the zooplankton that are on the menu for the fish larvae. Here, the Oceans at Work Foundation is working on realising the entire food chain under one roof in order to breed sustainable fish.