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Kingfish Maine reports first yellowtail harvest

Marine fish Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) +4 more

Kingfish Maine has harvested its first batch of yellowtail – before construction has started on its new RAS facility.

a person holding a fish out of the water
One of the first yellowtail to be harvested by Kingfish Maine

© Kingfish Maine

Although it has yet to start construction of its Jonesport farm, the company is currently operating at the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, which is where the first harvest has come from.

“We have worked three long years to arrive at this point - harvesting our first Dutch Yellowtail from Maine and completing all our permits for our land-based Jonesport facility,” said Kingfish Maine operations manager, Megan Sorby, in a press release.

“This would not be possible without the collaborative work with our team at Kingfish Zeeland and our crew here at CCAR. We are excited to bring the first Dutch yellowtail from Maine to the market.”

Beginning in 2020, Kingfish Maine deployed the same advanced RAS technology at CCAR to raise fingerlings from its sister company in the Netherlands. This small batch, limited release of Dutch yellowtail from Maine will be distributed and served at restaurants in Maine, Boston, DC and California over the next two months.

Bristol Seafood, which recently announced its B Corp. certification, is processing the limited reserve batch at its Portland facility.

“As a certified B Corp, Bristol collaborates with other companies which meet our standards of sustainability and environmental impact,” said Bristol Seafood president and CEO Peter Handy. “We are proud that the Kingfish team is entrusting us with processing and packaging its first Maine harvest of sustainably-raised Dutch yellowtail. We look forward to supporting Kingfish Maine as the company fully develops its facility in Jonesport.”

“Our first Maine harvest is a milestone for the Kingfish Company,” said CEO, Vincent Erenst. “Our US facility will mirror the operational excellence proven in the Netherlands. Kingfish Maine will be the largest producer of yellowtail kingfish in the US, providing local and sustainable yellowtail to expanding markets.”

The Kingfish Company currently produces 1,500 tonnes of yellowtail at its Kingfish Zeeland facility. Expansion is currently underway and capacity in the Netherlands will reach 3,500 tonnes in 2023. Once the Jonesport Maine facility is fully operational, Kingfish Maine is projected to produce 8,500 tonnes of yellowtail.

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