MTR 100: Catalina Sea Ranch
Posted by Irina Tabakina
820 South Seaside Avenue,
Terminal Island, CA, USA 90731
T: +1 562 544 7410
CEO/President: Philip Cruver
No. Of Employees: 6
Catalina Sea Ranch, LLC, headquartered at Terminal Island in the Port of Los Angeles, California, has secured the first permit for offshore aquaculture in U.S. Federal waters from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission. This 100-acre project will produce 2.5 million pounds of sustainable shellfish grown 30 ft. under the water surface six miles offshore Huntington Beach, California. This venture also supports the goals of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), establishing a framework to allow sustainable domestic aquaculture to contribute to the U.S. seafood supply.
Catalina Sea Ranch’s monitoring program, employing Verizon’s wireless network and cloud services for transmitting scientific data, will commence during the summer of 2014. The following research institutions will be analyzing the data:
The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Scripps Institution for Oceanography, Southern California Marine Institute, California State University Long Beach, Ocean Studies Network, National Ocean Tracking Network, NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Shellfish Aquaculture Laboratory in Milford and NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.
The Case: Catalina Sea Ranch is developing the “First Offshore Shellfish Ranch in U.S. Federal Waters” which will be monitored by independent scientists and research institutions.
(As published in the July/Aug 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazine)