Miami, Florida-based Blue Star Foods Corp. has selected HTH Engineering and Equipment as its Recirculating Aquaculture Systems technology provider for its planned expanded Soft-Shell Atlantic Crab RAS farm in Jasper County, South Carolina.
“We launched the Soft-Shell Crab RAS business division in March 2022, and we are very pleased with the speed and cost at which we were able to launch and come to market,” said John Keeler, chairman and CEO of Blue Star. “The immediate expansion of the Crab RAS business was one of the major drivers for profitable growth, and we are excited to work with HTH on this expansion.”
Blue Star has signed a multi-phase engineering contract with HTH to provide planning, design and consulting services to create a facility that, when fully built, will be able to harvest more than 220,000 dozen a year of Soft-Shell Atlantic Blue Crab. The new operation will be in Jasper County, South Carolina. This location will replace the existing operational footprint that is in Beaufort County, South Carolina.
“We are impressed with HTH’s background and experience. They have worked on numerous innovative RAS projects throughout the world, and we found their success in building aquaculture facilities in the crab and lobster space relevant to what we are looking to build out,” said Rodrigo Mezerhane, senior project manager at Blue Star Foods.
“Our existing footprint in Beaufort County has worked for the initial stage of our Soft-Shell Crab RAS business, but it won’t work for us much longer, as we anticipate rapidly expanding this business unit.”
HTH Engineering & Equipment LLC is a division of HTH Aqua Group and provides technical services for small, medium and large aquaculture systems. This includes cost-modeling, construction management, R&D prototypes, demonstration and training and large-scale commercial production systems. The company is based in Hiawassee, Georgia.
Blue Star Foods Corp. is an ESG seafood company that processes, packages and sells seafood products. The company believes it utilizes best-in-class technology, in both resource sustainability management and traceability and ecological packaging. The company also owns and operates the oldest continuously operating Recirculating Aquaculture System full grow-out salmon farm in North America.
The company is based in Miami, Florida, and can be found at bluestarfoods.com.