Starting in November, Publix will offer land-raised salmon from Miami, FL in select stores across the region. This aquaculture collaboration with Atlantic Sapphire is the latest extension of Publix’s commitment to sustainable seafood, local food with a lower carbon footprint, and innovative farming techniques (there is currently a hydroponic lettuce container farm on-site at the Publix Lakeland, FL GreenWise Market store).
Atlantic Sapphire’s Miami-based Blue House is the largest land-based salmon farm in the US, the only land-farmed salmon in the United States that uses salt water from an aquifer, and offers the only land-based farmed salmon in Florida.
Americans are consuming more seafood (especially since the pandemic), yet 90% of the seafood we eat is farm-raised in other countries and has to travel thousands of miles (coming primarily from Chile, Norway, Scotland, and Canada).
Atlantic Sapphire’s salmon is raised in environmentally conscious Bluehouses, in custom made conditions designed ideally for fish:
- Water preservation: 95% salt water, 99% recycled o Artesian and ancient water source (Floridian Aquifer) no need to use antibiotics or pesticides
- On-shore technology: no impact on coastal areas, seabed, or wildlife
- Low stocking density (95% water, 5% fish or 50 kg/ cubic meter average)