Pure Salmon to resume construction on Virginia land-based facility later this year

Editorial Staff

In 2021, the project was estimated to require a $300 million investment. Costs have increased substantially since that time. 

Land-based salmon farmer Pure Salmon is set to resume construction on its farm in Cedar Bluff, Virginia, with the facility anticipated to open by mid-2028, according to US outlet Cardinal News.

The project is slated to create more than 200 jobs in the area. Site preparation on the 200-acre land began in late 2021, with more than 2 million cubic yards of soil moved to date. In 2022, the company announced a pause to allow the ground at the site to settle.

Pure Salmon, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, is developing similar projects globally, aiming for a combined annual production of 35,000 tons of Atlantic salmon. The Virginia facility is expected to contribute 10,000 tons to this total and will also produce pet treats sold under the Marly & Dan brand.

Originally estimated at $300 million, the project’s costs have increased substantially since it was first announced due to global economic shifts, though specific figures remain undisclosed.

Local infrastructure improvements will accompany the farm’s development, including enhanced water, sewer, and power systems. Tazewell County is expected to invest up to $10 million in water plant upgrades.

Pure Salmon has also pledged a $200,000 contribution to Southwest Virginia Community College Foundation for tuition assistance, fostering workforce development in anticipation of the farm’s operation.


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