Innovative Built Environment for Offshore Aquaculture Proposed

Article Courtesy: | originally published February 28, 2015 | Please click here for original article.
Do you enjoy fresh seafood?  Have you ever wondered where the seafood your eating comes from? In a presentation to the Maritime Alliance,  Don Kent, President and CEO of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) stated that the United States imports 90% of its seafood.
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How many miles are on your seafood before it reaches your plate?  Mr. Kent gave an example: European Seabass, imported from Greece, will have  6,900 miles on it before it reaches your grocery store or restaurant table if you live in San Diego.  Obviously the price per pound of that filet has air fare included.
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If you recognize the value of local seafood and its economy like Mr. Kent, you might be interested in reading about the innovative built environment for sustainable offshore aquaculture he’s proposed via his Rose Canyon Fisheries venture.  The proposed built environment improvement project, to be financed by Cuna Del Mar, would be located 4.5 miles from San Diego’s shoreline and may employ a system like the Ocean Farm Technologies’ AquaPod as shown in the following video.
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What kind of production does Rose Canyon Fisheries foresee?  According to their recent application for permit filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, “The proposed project will annually produce 5,000 metric tons (MT) of yellowtail jack, white seabass and striped bass.”  Starting with yellowtail jack from HSWRI hatcheries, annual production will begin at 1,000-1,500 MT and gradually expand to 5,000 MT annually over eight years.  The permit application indicates the comment period for this project will remain open through March 12, 2015 and contains contact instructions.

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