Oceanasphere™ Fish Farm: A Design for the Future24 October 2008
HAWAII, US - A new innovation could pave the way for a new generation of fish farms. Hawaii Oceanic Technology has developed the Oceanasphere™, a huge aluminum and Kevlar sphere, measuring 162 feet in diameter.
Self-sustaining and untethered to the ocean floor, the Oceansphere™ is designed to produce large harvests in a very small footprint.
"The solution to this impending global crisis lies in the domesticated production of seafood in an environmentally appropriate and economically feasible manner."
Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc. statement.
For example, twelve Oceanspheres in less than half of a square mile can yield as much as 24,000 tons of seafood. The Oceansphere™ is powered by a patent pending hybrid ocean thermal energy conversion system that does not depend on fossil fuels, so the entire system operates with minimal environmental impact.
Designed to operate offshore in deep water, Hawaii Oceanic Technology says that this next-generation architecture exploits the expansive dimension the ocean affords and in doing so, stands to provide quality seafood in quantities that dwarf existing alternatives.
The large size of the Oceansphere offers lower stocking densities so fish can grow in a more healthy environment. Additionally, a carefully controlled food supply avoids the contaminant absorption found in wild fish and ensures a safer end product.
According to Hawaii Oceanic Technology, even in a modern age awash in technology and precision control, the world’s seafood harvesters continue to operate as hunter-gatherers on a mass scale.
They say: "This alarming reality has created a serious near-term threat to the survival of the ocean ecosystem. Wild fisheries are being depleted at a devastating rate - fish are caught well before they can mature and reproduce, subsequently, population numbers are in rapid decline, and soon, demand will far exceed this primitive system’s capacity to sustainably provide seafood.
"The solution to this impending global crisis lies in the domesticated production of seafood in an environmentally appropriate and economically feasible manner. To that end, Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc. has created the Oceansphere™. A revolution in open ocean aquaculture technology, the Oceansphere™ makes farming fish in the open ocean a practical reality."
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