A prestigious San Diego research institute and a Long Beach social-benefit investment group are teaming to create what could be the first fish farm in federal waters. The proposed Pacific Ocean AquaFarm would be about four miles offshore of San Diego and would generate 5,000 metric tons of sushi-grade yellowfish each year -- enough for 11 million servings of the popular seafood. A partnership between Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and Pacific6 Enterprise, the project also would create a diversity of economic opportunities and provide a local source for a fish that is now mostly imported. The institute submitted a federal permit application for the project Sept. 9. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will lead the environmental review of their proposal, which will take about 18 to 24 months.
A company called Observe Technologies offer a plug-and-play AI and data-processing system to track measurable patterns when stocks are feeding. Their goal is to provide farmers empirical and objective guidance on how much to feed. Another player, called eFishery, has developed a system which uses sensors to detect hunger levels in shrimp and fish, controlling dispensers which release the right amounts of food; the company claims this can reduce feed costs by up to 21 percent. Elsewhere, Japanese and Singaporean aquaculture technology firm Umitron Cell offers a smart fish feeder which can be controlled remotely. "Farmers are given data-driven decision-making advice to optimise feeding schedules. This reduces waste, improves both profitability and sustainability while offering users a better work-life balance by eliminating the need to be out in the water in dangerous conditions," notes Umitron product manager Andy Davison.
The world's first floating nation is set to appear in the Pacific Ocean off the island of Tahiti in 2020. A handful of hotels, homes, offices, restaurants and more will be built in the next few years by the nonprofit Seasteading Institute, which hopes to'liberate humanity from politicians'. The radical plans, bankrolled by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, could see the creation of an independent nation that will float in international waters and operate within its own laws. In a new interview, Joe Quirk, president of the Seasteading Institute, said he wants to see'thousands' of rogue floating cities by 2050, each of them'offering different ways of governance'. The world's first floating nation is set to appear in the Pacific Ocean off the island of Tahiti in 2020 (artist's impression).