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Atlantic Sapphire, the Norwegian indoor salmon fish farm, might have gotten its start in 2010, but the company is heading into the new decade with ambitious goals in the American fish market.
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The fish farm is on track to finish construction on one of three facilities in Miami-Dade by July, according to Miami Today.
Once completed, Atlantic Sapphire aims to produce 100,000 tons of salmon by 2026 and then increase production to 242,000 tons by 2031 to feed health-conscious Americans, according to a report by the United Press International on Monday. If successful, Atlantic Sapphire would output half of the nation’s current salmon consumption, which falls in line with the National Fisheries Institute’s prediction that Americans will increase their salmon intake.
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In December 2018, the institute found that Americans were eating around 2.41 pounds of salmon per year.
"We sort of stumbled upon the fact that Florida's aquifers were ideal for us because I found a YouTube video about it," Atlantic Sapphire’s founder Johan Andreassen told UPI, regarding how the company chose its U.S. location. "America should be able to produce its own food. Americans are waking up to the benefits of heart-healthy fish like salmon."