Bluehouse salmon is a healthy option for consumers and the environment.
Lusamerica Foods, a major seafood wholesaler in the Western United States, started distributing green-rated, domestic salmon to over 200 grocery stores in California. The salmon producer, Atlantic Sapphire, has been raising Atlantic salmon in land-based tanks since 2010 out of their Denmark plant, however, they have since built an additional production center in Miami, FL. This November, the first harvest of their “Bluehouse™ salmon” from Florida is making its way into the market giving Americans another sustainable seafood option from the United States.
“We’ve offered Bluehouse™ salmon for years at Lusamerica, but it’s exciting to start distributing this domestic product coming from their Miami plant. This is especially great for businesses and consumers who are prioritizing climate change and working to reduce their carbon footprint, says Peter Adame, Lusamerica’s Communications & Sustainability Manager.
Bluehouse Salmon: the meaning behind the name
The trademarked Bluehouse™ salmon name reflects the innovative conditions where the salmon are raised. Similar to how a greenhouse provides ideal conditions for plants, Atlantic Sapphire’s Bluehouse™ provides the fish with ideal conditions to thrive with a 95 percent water-to-fish ratio and the ability to swim against strong currents as they would in the wild.
“The water we use at our Miami Bluehouse™ is very pure and unique as it’s sourced from the Floridian Aquifer that naturally purifies water through limestone rock. That means our water has never been exposed to man-made contamination like microplastics,” says Atlantic Sapphire’s Chief Executive Officer Johan Andreassen.
Healthy and sustainable salmon
The product is not only good for the consumer (delicious, heart-healthy, free of antibiotics and hormones), but also good for the environment. Atlantic salmon farmed in indoor recirculating tanks with wastewater treatment is rated as a green Best Choice for sustainability by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. This farming method addresses many of the environmental concerns associated with aquaculture since it takes place in a controlled environment.
The new distribution of land-based salmon nationally in the United States serves as a pivotal moment in shaping the industry to offer more sustainable options for businesses and seafood lovers. Businesses can contact Lusamerica to order Bluehouse™ salmon and consumers can find the product at these grocery stores.
About Peter Adame
Peter Adame is the Communications & Sustainability Manager at Lusamerica Foods, a major seafood wholesaler, processor and distributor on the West Coast. Peter is the former Outreach Manager for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, helped facilitate the Global Seafood Ratings Alliance, and has been a guest speaker for several California State Universities, the Culinary Institute of America, Baja Culinary Festival Mexico and Lighting in a Bottle Music Festival. PeterA@Lusamerica.com.