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Atlantic Sapphire gets green light for huge US land-based salmon farm

Atlantic Sapphire's ambitious US land-based salmon farm project is now cleared for construction, and will break ground on the Miami-Dade County location as early as April, CEO Johan Andreassen told IntraFish.

The project, which has been years in the making, has been moving slowly in the background while Danish land-based supplier Langsand Laks, owned by Atlantic Sapphire A/S in Norway, proved its land-based salmon farming concept could work.

The first phase of the US site will produce some 10,000 metric tons of round-weight salmon from a 400,000-square-foot facility.

Ultimately, however, the site has the capacity to produce up to 90,000 metric tons.

As with Langsand Laks, the entire value chain of the fish will be under one roof, Andreassen said, from eggs, to grow-out to fillet production.

Andreassen considered 10 different states to locate the site when he and his partners first began investigating the project, but ultimately found the Miami area to offer the unique needs of the operation.

The first salmon from the facility will likely hit the market by the end of 2019 or early 2020, Andreassen said.

It's too early to say if Atlantic Sapphire will expand to other sites, but the company is eyeing the potential in Asia in general, and Australia in particular, Andreassen said.

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