AquaBounty, a land-based salmon producer, has broken ground on the construction of a 10,000 metric ton Atlantic salmon farm in Pioneer, Ohio. The company expects the project cost will be between $290 million and $320 million, including a $30 million reserve for potential contingencies. The commercial stocking of salmon eggs is projected to start late next year. In full operation, the farm is expected to create more than 100 new jobs.
“We are pleased to have officially begun building our next-generation, highly productive facility in Pioneer, Ohio, which will serve as a model for the aquaculture industry and our continued expansion,” says Sylvia Wulf, chief executive officer of AquaBounty. “This milestone comes after many dedicated teams completed extensive scientific investigation, analysis, testing, modeling, and regulatory review.” AquaBounty offers a consistent supply of salmon raised in the U.S. in a sustainable way and strategically locates its farm facilities within easy reach of key U.S. markets to accelerate delivery.
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CRB, an international leader in sustainable engineering, architecture, construction, and consulting solutions to the food and beverage and life sciences industry, will lead the design and construction of the facility. Innovasea, a global leader in technologically advanced aquatic solutions for aquaculture and fish tracking, is designing the recirculating aquaculture systems technology for the farm.
“AquaBounty’s facility demonstrates the bold vision necessary to defeating food insecurity on a global scale,” says Ryan Schroeder, president of CRB. “We are extremely humbled and grateful that our integrated ONEsolution approach is playing a key role in uniting that vision with execution methods designed to deliver projects on schedule, on budget, and with high quality.”