Thursday, October 29, 2020

Land-based salmon farm begins commercial harvest

A land-based salmon farming business has commenced the commercial-scale harvest of conventional Atlantic salmon raised at its first farm in the US.

AquaBounty Technologies said this first harvest at its Indiana farm validates AquaBounty’s land-based Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) model as an efficient and sustainable way to raise Atlantic salmon.

AquaBounty strategically located its first US farm within easy reach of key US markets to accelerate delivery of fresh, nutritious Atlantic salmon to US consumers.

As part of this effort, the company has established the necessary supply chain connections to these key markets and is formalizing commercial customer agreements.

“As the global population increases, we are seeking better ways to efficiently feed a hungry world with a sustainable source of nutritious food,” said AquaBounty’s CEO Sylvia Wulf.

“Land-based aquaculture is a reliable method for supplying fresh and healthy salmon. This harvest is the result of AquaBounty’s almost 30 years of experience in aquaculture and demonstrates our expertise in raising Atlantic salmon.”

The Indiana-based farm will ramp up monthly harvest of conventional salmon throughout the summer and plans to reach 100 metric tons per month by early 2021. The annual capacity of the farm is approximately 1,200 metric tons.

With this harvest of conventional Atlantic salmon underway, AquaBounty will prepare for the first commercial harvest of its proprietary, genetically engineered AquAdvantage Salmon in the fourth quarter of 2020 at the Indiana Farm.

This will be followed by the first harvest of AquAdvantage salmon at its Canada-based, Prince Edward Island Farm in the first quarter of 2021.

AquaBounty is currently the first and only provider of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada.

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