PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Pacific Ocean AquaFarms is a partnership between Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute – a renowned, not-for-profit research organization with a 50-year legacy of pioneering marine science and environmental conservation, and Pacific6, an investment and development company committed to initiatives that positively impact people and their communities.

Both share a vision for how acquaculture will safely and sustainably feed a hungry world – by emphasizing science, best practices and latest technology, embracing regulatory oversight, and demonstrating a diligent concern for the environment.

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“Although our mission is to demonstrate both economic and environmental sustainability, a quest for profit will never supersede our over-riding purpose to respect and conserve sensitive marine life and ecosystems.
Don Kent
CEO, HSWRI and Pacific Ocean AquaFarms

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A MODEL FOR OFFSHORE AQUACULTURE

Raising California Yellowtail in Native Waters

POA plans to permit, construct and operate a sustainable, commercial scale-farm to raise California Yellowtail (Seriola Dorsalis) approx. four miles off the coast of Southern California where the mild climate, strong currents, favorable water temperatures and shelter from extreme weather are ideal for raising this fish. 

Seriola Dorsalis is a native species that will thrive in the natural environment of a clean, deep, fast-moving water column. High-tech enclosures, invisible from shore, will be carefully stocked to allow for natural schooling so the fish can grow stress-free with minimal human interaction.

Harvests will provide a fresh, healthy sushi-grade product aimed at competing with foreign imports – not with the domestic catch of local fishermen. The farm will allow for year-round production and employment – providing consistent product to market, and working in harmony with commercial fishing operations.  

Caring for Fish from Hatch to Harvest

HSWRI has cultured Seriola Dorsalis since 2003 at its San Diego hatchery – the only Yellowtail hatchery in North America. Yellowtail has been raised successfully around the world in such places as Australia, and their spawning and rearing parameters are well known. The HSWRI hatchery will be the source of juveniles for the Pacific Ocean AquaFarm project.

The FIRST COMMERCIAL FIN fish farm in U.S. federal waters

Providing proof of concept to CATALYZE a new industry, begin to SOLVE the enormous U.S. seafood trade deficit, And DEMONSTRATE how to SUSTAINABLY feed a hungry world.

DEVELOPED AND OPERATED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS

Pacific Ocean AquaFarms is currently in the rigorous and detailed process of permitting the farm, working with government agencies, each with their own jurisdictions, regulations and standards. POA embraces the strictest regulatory process and oversight to ensure efficacy, transparency and sustainability to produce the safest farm and highest quality product possible. 

If permitting is successful, the farm will be the FIRST commercial, offshore fin fish farm of its kind to operate in the federal-controlled waters of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) – operating under the most stringent environmental and regulatory food production standards. We want it to 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.

Embracing the Regulatory and Oversight Regimen

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Adhering to a Science-based Methodology

• Using latest technologies

• Following best management practices

• Emphasizing continued research

• Overlaying an environmental ethos

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WHY THE U.S.?

 • LARGEST EEZ OF ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

• SIGNIFICANT SEAFOOD MARKET (2NDLARGEST CONSUMER)
• WIDE RANGE OF CULTURE HABITATS WITH COMMERCIALLY VALUABLE, FARMABLE SPECIES
• STRONG ENVIRONMENTAL ETHOS
• DISAPPEARING WORKING WATERFRONTS
• EXTENSIVE AND HIGHLY SKILLED COMMERCIAL FISHING INFRASTRUCTURE

BREEDING HEALTHY FISH 

THE OPPORTUNITY 

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.

 

WITH BEST PRACTICES, RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP AND DILIGENT CONSIDERATION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT WE CAN:

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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.

THE ECONOMICS

  • 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.
(Source: San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation)