Price Chopper to sell "sustainable 'locally grown' seafood"

price chopper local ocean fishPrice Chopper announced today that it will be selling fish raised by Local Ocean, the indoor aquaculture company near Hudson. It's touting the fish -- sea bream -- as locally-raised and sustainable.

Local Ocean is an interesting operation. It's a huge warehouse space filled with tanks for raising fish. The setup is a mostly closed system that recycles its water supply with a filtration system that uses bacteria. The plant/farm/fish bowls reportedly cost more than $10 million to build. The company says the system should be flexible enough to raise a range of fish, both saltwater and fresh water. (There's a short video clip of Local Ocean officials talking about the concept embedded after the jump.)

Seafood stocks all around the world are under pressure from overfishing. Traditional fish farms have stepped up production to meet demand, but they've come under criticism for their environmental impact. That has some people hoping that indoor fish farms will provide a viable -- and more sustainable -- alternative.

Price Chopper says the Local Ocean fish will be available in six stores Hudson, Shoppers World in Clifton Park, Loudon Plaza in Latham, Bethlehem, Niskayuna and Saratoga Springs (Route 50). It'll be $9.99 a pound.

Earlier on AOA: Hannaford to sell only sustainably-sourced seafood

photo: Price Chopper


So in order to acquire and eat the sustainable fish, Albany residents need to get in a car, and drive to the suburbs to acquire said fish. I don't care for the smell of that.

@Karin - well sh*t, I suppose it'd just be better if it wasn't available at all. I don't care for the smell of your comment.

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