Aquaculture is defined as the rearing of aquatic animals and the cultivation of aquatic plants for food. Fish are grown out in large cages and harvested when a desired size is reached. Open ocean aquaculture is unique in that fish waste and other contaminants are mitigated by deepwater ocean currents, allowing for generally healthier species and negligible environmental impact. Aquaculture offers the only viable solution to the growing demand for sustainable, healthy, sources of seafood. Fish farming can reduce exploitative pressure on already-depleted wild stocks, support the growth of coastland rural industries, and yield a product that is high in protein and rich in heart-healthy oils and omega acids. It is a growing industry, and is projected to increase in pace. The U.S. Department of Commerce has set a goal of a fivefold increase inU.S. aquaculture production value, to $5 billion by 2025.
Today in the United States, seafood is our second largest, natural resource trade deficit, with 91% of seafood imported! Our wild finfish and shellfish stocks have diminished and catch levels are flat, while the demand for healthy protein continues to soar. Growing US and world populations have a great need for healthy, sustainably produced, farmed seafood. Americans eat over 5 billion pounds of seafood a year, about 16 pounds of fish and shellfish per person — only 1/2 of what the USDA recommends — 91% of which is imported! The ocean is the place to responsibly produce bass, shellfish, and kelp to meet this growing demand, with minimal footprint, in an environmentally friendly manner.
Utilizing the patented and proven SeaStation technology, Manna Fish Farms will create a commercial open ocean fish farm, and in future phases, will also research potential development of integrated, multi-trophic aquaculture, growing shellfish and other types of seafood.
Following the the footsteps of other successful aquaculture farms like Kampachi Farms in Hawaii and Open Blue in Panama, Manna will bring proven technology to grow striped bass and other local seafood off of the coast of Long Island, New York.