Do Innovations in Land-Based Salmon Farming Spell the End of Open-Water Farms?

Net-pen style salmon farms seem to be on their way out after pressures from conservationists and animal rights groups mount in the wake of recent net-pen farm collapses that have released farmed fish into the open ocean. Multiple countries have banned net-pen farms in their waters, and companies like Atlantic Sapphire, are stepping in to provide innovative land-based “bluehouse” fish farms.

Enter Atlantic Sapphire, a Norwegian company, born out of the need to organically farm and ship salmon around the globe with a minimal carbon footprint. In 2010, their pilot “bluehouse” was built in Denmark in partnership with aquaculture expert Thue Holm and has produced 25 generations of Atlantic Salmon to date.

Meanwhile, the company’s founders began to construct a bluehouse in the continental United States, which, it turns out, is responsible for importing 90% of the world’s farmed salmon. Constructing a farm in the contiguous US provides the company with the ability to farm-raise salmon and ship them to end consumers at a lower cost.

The first Atlantic Sapphire farmed salmon are expected to hit shelves in the Summer of 2020.

To learn more about Atlantic Sapphire’s innovations and potential to disrupt the salmon farming industry, check out their website:

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