On a small island called Aspøy - outside Stavanger in Norway - started our adventure. Now we are operating all over the world.
In the very beginning...
Bjørn Aspøy comes from a Norwegian family of fish farmers and aqua-culturists and grew up working in the family business of salmon and trout farming. To follow the trends and developments in a rapidly growing industry, the family always came up with innovative solutions and new ideas. In 1997 Bjørn and his wife Alise set out to farm mussels and invested in traditional long-lines for a production of about 100 ton.
They were in for a lot of trouble. First, they got a very high settlement, which weighed the lines and made them difficult to handle. After that they got an invasion of starfish and when manually howling the overly heavy lines up.
to remove the starfish; their full future harvest of mussels released back into the sea. After a huge investment in time, money and effort, they were left with nothing.
During the autumn and winter season of 1999 the couple spent thinking of new solutions and designs for farming and harvesting mussels. When spring came in 2000 they tested 44 SmartUnits (at the time designed to harvest 500 ton) in the fjords of Stavanger, Norway and later that year they designed and built the harvesting prototype that became so successful it is still in use today.
Bjørn and Alise are now fully dedicated to the development of Smart Farms for the farming and harvesting of mussels. They produce custom designed systems that cater for specific bi-valve species and location variations, such as currents, tides and ice.
Bjørn Aspøy has vast experience in aquaculture and fish farming of salmon and trout. Since 1999 he has been developing innovative solutions for farming and harvesting of bi-valves, from mussels to oysters.
Bjørn is currently the co-founder and COO of SmartFarm AS and together with Alise the architect behind its designs.
Alise Aspøy is a Technical Engineer and spent her first years working in the oil industry as a project manager for piping and steel constructions. In 1999 she joined her husband to design innovative solutions for farming and harvesting of bi-valves.
Alise is currently the co-founder and CEO of SmartFarm AS and together with Bjørn the architect behind its designs.
Photo Knut S. Vindfallet