In south Dade, land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire reached a milestone Tuesday night when it stocked 400,000 eggs at its brand new facility.
Another 400,000 eggs are scheduled to be stocked next week, bringing the total to 800,000. Harvest of over two million pounds per month is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2020.
The facility is being built on a former tomato farm, and includes equipment to maintain water temperatures at a cool 59 degrees. A 90-day trial with 10,000 eggs concluded this month and was successful, the company said.
Later, production will ramp up, with Atlantic Sapphire saying they can produce up to 10% of projected U.S. salmon demand by 2027.
According to Intrafish, other land based salmon farming projects have been planned in Norway and the U.S., but the majority lack funding.