Miami, Florida –Last week, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) visited the South Dade construction site of what will be the world’s largest land-raised salmon farm.
The Miami Herald reported the first phase of construction currently underway is estimated to bring 2,745 direct and indirect jobs to South Dade. The construction and development through phase three, as well as ongoing operations, are expected to support nearly 21,000 jobs, according to reports from Washington Economics Group.
“You think growing salmon, harvesting salmon is usually done in the Pacific Norwest or Northern Atlantic, but right here in South Dade we are going to have a facility that is going to create many jobs for the people of this community and is going to produce Florida-grown salmon,” Curbelo said during the visit.
The first phase of the project is set to be completed sometime in 2019 or early 2020. The new facility is expected to produce about 22 million pounds of Florida-grown salmon annually at the completion of phase one. By the completion of all three phases, estimated by 2027, the facility is expected to be producing about 10% of the U.S. market.
All photos are attributable to the Office of Congressman Carlos Curbelo. A video of Curbelo at the site is available on his Facebook page here.
Curbelo and staff tour the construction site of Atlantic Sapphire’s salmon facility in South Dade, with the first phase of the project expected to be completed sometime in 2019 or early 2020.
Curbelo meets with Atlantic Sapphire employees to go over ongoing construction and expected economic impact of the facility in South Dade and on the national salmon market.