The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and investment group Pacific6 Enterprise have proposed the first ever open-ocean fish farm in federal waters. Earlier this month, the pair submitted a federal permit application for their Pacific Ocean AquaFarm project, which aims to produce 5,000 metric tons of sushi-grade yellowtail (hamachi) per year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leads the environmental review of the proposal, which may take up to two years, according to Hubbs-SeaWorld President Don Kent. The project also needs approval from several state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Kent. “We’re talking about five years before people are enjoying farmed yellowtail off the coast of California.” Get the full story here at Associated Press.
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