It is difficult to imagine that 20 years ago, less than 30% of the world’s seafood was farm raised.
Today we consume almost 60% of our seafood derived from aquaculture. In 2008 that figure approached 50%. Consumption in the same period went from around 12 pounds per person annually in the U.S. to over 16 pounds. The United Nations forecasts that farmed fish will soon represent 75% or more of our supply. Experts agree, the world cannot maintain its present rate of consumption of seafood without virtually destroying the oceans’ ability to support the world’s appetite. They understand that without sustainability and without aquaculture, product will be extremely scarce if not impossible to obtain. Any chance of resolving the issue of seafood sustainability will depend on managing harvest, controlling conditions and rest on improving and expanding aquaculture.
The expansion of aquaculture globally to date has been limited by a bottleneck in sustainable, eco-friendly system technology that allows the industry to expand to millions of water-acres worldwide. The demands of human habitation and development continue to reduce land availability for agriculture/aquaculture while dramatically increasing the price of undeveloped land.
The Founders’ Vision: the future frontier of global aquaculture is water-acres
The founders’ vision that the future frontier of global aquaculture would be through water-acres, not land, began several decades ago. Today, the Aqua-Sphere® system technology has been tested on a commercial scale and we are prepared to apply this disruptive technology in a scalable, expandable platform in a diversity of climates and environments.
Surging populations, high demand in emerging countries, and dwindling natural supplies, have created a gigantic marketing opportunity for those who have the products or services to capitalize on the situation. We intend to progressively develop sustainable farms in both fresh and salt water applications. Aqua-Sphere’s® appeal is not limited to any one region, country or continent. It can be used virtually anywhere.
Freshwater applications present some of the greatest opportunities based upon the broad diversity of resources. Quarries, mineral mines, storm water treatment areas, lakes, ponds, and even passive river systems are all overlooked resources. Their limitation in the past was water quality. Self-polluting net pens and cage systems simply cannot operate sustainably in a closed body of water. The Aqua-Sphere® system eliminates these concerns by concentrating and removing solid waste.
Inland fisheries are seldom mentioned when considering increased future supplies of fish and fish products. However, taking an optimistic view, one study estimated that inland fisheries could produce about 100 million metric tonnes. (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 2015)
Warm and cold water varieties can all be raised in the Aqua-Sphere®, including hybrid striped bass, trout, yellow perch, steelhead, tilapia, barramundi, and many others.
Saltwater applications for Aqua-Sphere® and the F.A.S.T.™ system are numerous. Near and off-shore mariculture are diversifying and expanding worldwide, however the potential with the proper technology is tremendous. Open net pens allow pollution, escapement, and predation therefore severely limiting areas where they can be sited. Our technologies are the ideal solution for the production of healthy food, jobs and industry growth in developed and undeveloped nations.
Vast expanses of deep harbors, bays, lagoons and estuaries exist around the globe. We are currently exploring several warm and cold water marine applications for our platform. Aqua-Sphere’s® ability to maintain pristine, well-oxygenated water and accelerate fish growth reduces the cost of production and provides healthier fish.
Warm and cold water applications are primed for expansion at this time with varieties such as cobia, cod, salmon, sea bass, sea bream, turbot, halibut, pompano and others.