Rose Canyon Fisheries (RCF), a collaboration between a scientific institution Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and private investment group Cuna del Mar, is planning to produce 5,000 metric tonnes of bass and yellowtail off the coast of San Diego.
The pioneering project aims to minimize environmental impacts, ensure environmental sustainability and food security, prevent escapement impacts, develop sustainable feed, and minimize use of chemicals.
Situated 4.5 miles off the coast of San Diego, the farm will produce yellowtail jack, white seabass, and striped bass in 48 x 11,000m3 submersible cages.
In the US, more than 91% of seafood is currently imported, creating a $10.4 billion trade deficit.
Rose Canyon Fisheries will create hundreds of jobs and generate tens-of-millions of dollars in annual economic impact for San Diego. It will also serve as a model to address a critical need for sustainable, domestic seafood production.
Once fully-scaled, RCF will provide 11 million pounds of product to the market.
The goal of the project, according to Don Kent, president/CEO of RCF, is to “produce seafood that everyone can afford”.
Production of fish in offshore waters in the US has tremendous potential for supplying domestic demand as well as supporting thousands of new jobs.
Source: Laura Braden, fishfarmingexpert.com