Proposed Fish Farm Near San Diego Aims To Be Biggest Aquaculture Project In America

A SeaWorld research team and a private investment firm are teaming up with hopes of building what could become the largest fish farm in America, NPR reported.

With a proposed site set four miles from San Diego’s coast, Rose Canyon Fisheries would have roughly the same footprint as New York’s Central Park. But unlike the famed green space, the fish farm would produce 11 million pounds of fish annually.

Fish reared at the site would include yellowtail jack, white seabass and striped bass — all natives to local waters — according to the project’s webpage.

The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is providing the know-how behind Rose Canyon Fisheries, which team members say would be a step toward ending America’s $10.4 billion reliance on imported seafood, and would help create jobs and support existing fish-processing infrastructure.

While the project is still obtaining the necessary permits, one local environmental group opposes the fishery on the grounds that marine mammals could harm themselves on nets and cages, and that the cultured fish could infect wild populations with disease.

A school of yellowtail jack. (Courtesy of Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute)

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