New Farm Raises Barramundi in Massachusetts

An indoor pen at the Massachusetts fish farm, which produces 1.2 million barramundi a year. Photo courtesy of Australis.

Yale Environment 360: Located on the Connecticut River, more than 80 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Turners Falls, Massachusetts, is an unlikely setting to rear a seagoing fish. But that is precisely what Josh Goldman, co-founder and CEO of Australis Aquaculture, is doing, using some of the most sustainable aquaculture techniques in existence today.

Australis Aquaculture operates a closed-containment fish farming system in Turners Falls, Mass. that continually recirculates 60 million gallons of water a day and recycles virtually all of the fish waste for fertilizer. Photo courtesy of Australis.

In its Massachusetts location, Goldman’s company annually raises about 1.2 million barramundi, an Australian fish that spawns in saltwater, lives much of its life in freshwater, and is uniquely suited to fish farming. But it’s the way that Australis raises its fish that has won it acclaim—growing the barramundi in low-density concentrations in indoor fish pens, continually recycling the water and collecting virtually all of the fishes’ waste for fertilizer, and producing a moderately priced, white-fleshed fish sold in many U.S. grocery chains and higher-end restaurants.

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