Feeding Future Generations in Harmony with the Ocean
Pacific Ocean AquaFarms (POA) is proud to be working with research institutes, scientists, environmentalists, government agencies and practicing fishermen and farmers to develop and promote aquaculture in the United States, through safe and sustainable practices and responsible ocean stewardship. We are permitting the FIRST commercial, offshore fish farm in U.S. federal waters, under the MOST stringent regulatory food production standards, to CATALYZE a new industry, to begin to SOLVE the enormous U.S. seafood trade deficit, and DEMONSTRATE how to SUSTAINABLY feed a hungry world.
This project will serve as a model for the development of offshore aquaculture in California, the U.S. and the rest of the World.
By the middle of this century, the world’s population is estimated to grow to approximately 10 billion people. Demand for food (and protein) will grow exponentially. The challenge is to increase food supplies while minimizing environmental impact. Seafood is the most healthful form of animal protein and marine aquaculture is one of the most resource-efficient ways to produce it. Around the world, nations are investing heavily in aquaculture to meet the increasing demand and boost their seafood exports. It is the fastest growing food production method on the planet.
The U.S., however, needs to increase its aquaculture production. With domestic wild-caught fisheries at, or near, maximum sustainable yield, we import over 90% of our seafood supply – half of which is farmed, mostly in Asia. This not only contributes to a substantial trade deficit, it relies on foreign regulation and farming practices for the quality and safety of the seafood we consume.
of U.S. Seafood is Imported
of Seafood is Farmed
from Asia without U.S. Oversight
U.S. Rank in Aquaculture Production
Billion $ - Annual Trade Deficit
With the immense size of the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ), our advanced ocean science and technology, and our exceptionally high standards for food production, the U.S. has the potential, and the need, to lead the world in developing responsible, sustainable marine aquaculture. Pacific Ocean Aquafarms is committed to developing a fish farm that will serve as a model for offshore aquaculture – producing healthy seafood, creating jobs, supporting the working waterfront and providing new trade opportunities for generations to come.
DO IT HERE. DO IT RIGHT. DO IT NOW
- Internationally respected marine science and ecology research institute.
- 50 years’ experience, with more than 30 years’ aquaculture experience.
- The only California entity to have successfully demonstrated ocean aquaculture.
- California-based investment and development partnership.
- Mission focus on inspiring and important ventures.
- Goal: positively impact people and communities, economically, socially or both.
THE REGULATORY AND OVERSIGHT REGIMEN
– Coastal Act consistency review
– Aquaculture registration and oversight
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
– Lead agency for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review
– Protected Resources review (endangered species, marine mammals, essential fish habitats)
– Rivers and Harbors Act navigable waters permit
– Aids to Navigation permit
– National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit
THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- Best practices, and science and technology improvements, will be adopted.
- Innovative feeds will reduce or eliminate net loss of protein.
- Cage technology for rough ocean conditions will avoid escapements.
- Siting and appropriate stocking density will maximize fish health.
- Technology will minimize or eliminate wasted feed, entanglements and other impacts.
- At build-out, will generate $50 million-plus in annual sales.
- Will create an estimated $100 million-plus in new annual spending.
- Will create and/or support 300+ permanent, good-paying jobs.
BREEDING HEALTHY FISH
Stephen D. Gaines, PHD.
Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Professor of Marine Ecosystems, University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science