Israel’s Pure Blue Fish eyes South Carolina for RAS facility
September 27, 2023 By Nestor Arellano
Israeli aquaculture company Pure Blue Fish (PBF) recently announced plans to build a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in South Carolina. PBF said it intends to begin construction in the fall of 2023.
The planned land-based fish farm in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, will be the company’s first RAS facility in the United States.
PBF was founded by a team of aquaculture experts led by Igar Avrech, company chairman; Yuval Weiss, chief executive officer; and Ehud Brill, chief technology officer.
“It will take about 12 months to complete the construction of the farm’s facilities, which will gradually have an annual capacity of 4,600 tons of fish,” a press release from the company said. “PBF plans to harvest a variety of premium fish species, such as kingfish, croakers, and others, and gradually increase production over multiple grow cycles.”
The company has been developing its RAS technology for more than 25 years. Its RAS was first implemented in Israel.
PBF chose South Carolina for its favorable business climate and strong state support for the project.
South Carolina’s central East Coast location provides PBF with easy access to major urban markets across Southeastern U.S. within a six-hour drive, aligning with the company’s distribution strategy to be located in close proximity to its customers.
South Carolina’s central East Coast location provides PBF with easy access to major urban markets across the Southeastern U.S. within a six-hour drive, aligning with the company’s distribution strategy to be located in close proximity to its customers.
PBF plans to eventually open more facilities across the U.S., using the South Carolina farm as a model.
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