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Atlantic Sapphire Salmon Farm

The Salmon Farm is one of the most exciting projects that OHLA USA has acquired.  It truly brings innovation and sustainability to the forefront.  Contracted by Atlantic Sapphire, a Norwegian company that pioneered technology to farm salmon entirely on land, this project builds a series of water tanks connected by 67 miles of pipes, starting with smaller tanks for salmon eggs and increasing in size to 36 tanks that will hold 450,000 gallons of water each. The water in the tanks will be cooled to 59 degrees and slowly transition from freshwater to saltwater to mimic the salmon's natural environment. The entire site will be covered by a 400,000-square-foot roof designed to keep out the sun and is fortified to withstand hurricane force winds.

If all goes according to plan, Atlantic Sapphire will crank out 10,000 metric tons of salmon by 2020. Further conversations are in the works to expand the facility by another 40 acres that would allow the company to produce 90,000 metric tons of salmon a year, about 10% of the U.S. market.

The Salmon Farm is near the southernmost edge of the continental U.S., about an hour's drive south of Miami.  The project cost is estimated at $95 million.

Main Features:

  • Freshwater salmon hatchery
  • Recirculating saltwater grow-out tanks
  • Processing unit that will prepare the salmon fillets for market