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Fish farming company establishing Orangeburg operations

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Fish farming company Pure Blue Fish is investing $28.1 million in new Orangeburg County operations expected to create 82 jobs.

Founded in 2016 in Israel, Pure Blue Fish grows yellowtail using recirculating aquaculture systems with zero water discharge technology, helping to reduce water costs and pollution, according to a news release.

“All of us at Pure Blue Fish appreciate the time, effort and interest that the South Carolina Department of Commerce, SC Power Team, Tri-County Cooperative and the Orangeburg County Development Commission have offered to assist us at this location,” Nimrod Litvak, co-founder and CEO of Pure Blue Fish US Inc., said in a news release. “We are looking forward to a long working relationship.”

The production and packaging facility, located at Matthews Industrial Park in Orangeburg, is expected to be completed by 2022. Employment information is available online by contacting by December 2021.

“Environmentally sustainable aquaculture is an important frontier in farming,” S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said. “I’m pleased to welcome Pure Blue Fish to South Carolina, where agribusiness is the state’s No. 1 industry.”

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