Columbi Salmon was founded by two Norwegians who analyzed the salmon industry on behalf of Norwegian bank Nordea. The largest investor involved is Refsnes Laks, a Norwegian salmon producer. Ivar Refsnes, chairman of Refsnes Laks and operational director of Columbi Salmon, explains how the company seeks to set up production as close to the Benelux and French markets as possible, since these are considered to be the largest markets for Norwegian salmon in the world.
“Three things are crucial when you’re building a salmon farm: a large surface area, easily accessible energy sources and readily available water,” Refsnes comments in an interview with VRT News. “The Ostend site, which totals 13.5 hectares in size, effortlessly ticks all these boxes. In addition, we appreciate the business-friendly atmosphere and available services at the Port of Ostend.”