According to MainStream, the Arizona farm will become a central hub for barramundi production in the USA. It is MainStream’s first international acquisition and the company has hailed it as “a major step forward in its core long-term objective to globalise its sustainable seafood business model”.
It will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of the MainStream Aquaculture Group, whose business in Australia includes:
- Three hatcheries, which supply the global barramundi industry with improved fingerlings from its selective breeding programme. The business exports into 27 countries across five continents.
- Two urban farms in Melbourne, which deploy unique and proprietary closed containment aquaculture technology and produce fish marketed as Infinity Blue Wyndham Barramundi.
- Three Queensland saltwater pond farming sites, which sell fish under the Infinity Blue Etty Bay Barramundi brand.
- Contract barramundi growing operations and an aquaculture consulting division.
Boris Musa, MainStream Aquaculture Group MD and CEO, said in a press release: “Barramundi is a delicious, nutritious, and sustainable fish ideal for aquaculture. We are immensely proud to expand our operations in the USA after several years market testing the product and operating a pilot scale Barramundi farm in Arizona.”
“By applying the capabilities we have developed over 20 years in Australia, we are confident the venture will establish Barramundi as a premium, sustainable, ethically produced and widely appealing white fish in the USA.”