Land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire expects its 60,000 metric-ton processing plant in Miami to open in the third quarter of this year, in time for the company's first Atlantic salmon harvests, spokesperson Lola Navarro told IntraFish.

The building has two floors equipped with water treatment facilities, box storage and offices.

Atlantic Sapphire's Florida site is geared to produce 10,000 metric tons of salmon per year under the first phase of development.