Fisheries are under a lot of stress and strain and this company’s Matrix-like approach might just be the answer by creating automated fish farms in the open ocean. The Oceansphere, from Hawaii Oceanic Technology (HOT), is a huge spherical fish farm that can grow 1,000 tons of ahi and bluefin tuna from eggs to harvest.
The Oceansphere include everything needed to keep rear the fish – an automatic feeding system, water quality sensors, and a system thrusters designed to keep the system stationary. The plan is for these to be position 60 feet deep in water that is more than 1300 feet deep, a few miles off the coast of Hawaii, and they are planning on beginning the installation later this year. According to HOT, after the installation and testing the earliest harvest could occur in late 2017.
This project has had its share of legal and regulatory issues. Some say it has too many risks that outweigh the benefits, and others are opposed to seeing confined farm in the open ocean. But this technology does provide a solution to the complex issues of fish farming and quality of fish we get on the table and the overfishing of prized fish like tuna in the open oceans.
The question is, would you be OK eating fish farmed in the open sea?
[via the Verge]