Blue Star Foods Granted Option to Purchase Land for RAS Expansion in South Carolina

Miami, FL, June 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Star Foods Corp., (“Blue Star, the Company,” “we,” “our” or “us”) (NASDAQ: BSFC), an integrated Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) sustainable seafood company with a focus on Recirculatory Aquaculture Systems (RAS), today announced it has officially received an option from Beaufort County, South Carolina to purchase land for its RAS expansion.

Blue Star is working closely with the South Carolina Department of Commerce in regards to economic development and incentives specific for the crab project in Beaufort County. The Company is reviewing the incentive summary with the proposed tax breaks, abatements and other incentives offered for the project in order to finalize the capital needed to build the facility. Preliminary proposals from South Carolina are offering up to $3 million in incentives.

Atlantic Blue crab is going to be the main source of crabs to support the Soft Shell Crab facility operation, which the Company targets for 3.5 million crabs per year.

The land has 9.47 acres, which can accommodate up to 100,000 square foot building. An approximate investment of $11,410,000 in real property (land and building) will be used to construct a new facility. Plus, tangible property (machinery and equipment). Furthermore, the integration of a Crab Hatchery at location, will allow us to be truly vertically integrated. As well as, having the largest Soft Shell Crab facility in the entire eastern shore of the United States. A remarkable circular economy seafood business.

John Keeler, Chairman and CEO of Blue Star Foods, commented, “We are thrilled to partner with Beaufort County, South Carolina in expanding our softshell crab RAS shedding operations, processing & cold storage facility. We are proud to be creating up to 48 new jobs over the next 3 years. Our Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) financing will kick-off once we execute our agreement with Beaufort County, and along with $3 million in incentives, will enable us to access less dilutive capital in order to purchase the land and build our facility.”

About Blue Star Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: BSFC)

Blue Star Foods Corp. an integrated Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) sustainable seafood company with a focus on Recirculatory Aquaculture Systems (RAS) that processes, packages and sells high-value 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 (RAS) full grow-out salmon farm in North America. The company is based in Miami, Florida, and its corporate website is:

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