Blue Ridge Aquaculture in Martinsville invests $2.5 million in new facility

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Blue Ridge Aquaculture is completing the construction of a new nursery facility to support its existing farming operations and future growth plans.

Blue Ridge Aquaculture is the largest producer of indoor-raised tilapia in the United States. Their new nursery expansion will help to produce healthy, disease-free fingerlings for the grow-out operations. The company has invested approximately $2.5 million in the project and expects the facility will be commissioned in January 2021.

The new nursery is located adjacent to existing operations on the company’s property in Martinsville. It is approximately 16,000 square feet and uses Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) to reduce wastewater and improve operating efficiencies. The filtration system will constantly filter and disinfect the culture water, and allow up to 95% water reuse. The nursery was designed to create the ideal conditions for raising tilapia fry and fingerlings. By reducing stress and creating ideal conditions, BRA is able to raise tilapia without the use of antibiotics or hormones.

Blue Ridge Aquaculture is a vertically integrated aquaculture company that pioneered the
development of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. The company currently produces 5 million pounds of live tilapia per year. The operation is headquartered in Martinsville and currently employs 45 people.

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