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The Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture (SEAfood) System

NAFF-II Nanaimo 2012

Stephen F. Cross, Ph.D. SEA Vision Group Inc.

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The Problem … Fish farming, as currently practiced, has a number of real and/or perceived social and environmental issues.

• Nutrient/Waste Effects • Sea Lice Interaction • Fish Escapes • Effects of Antibiotics

• Feed Composition • Fossil Fuel Usage

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Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture ?

SEA ‌ an approach that

Social

Environmental

Economic

achieves the goal of Sustainability by using the principles of Ecology in its design and operation.

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Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture ? Integrated Energy Alternatives

Social

Reduced Carbon Foot-Print Ecological

Environmental

Design and Operation

Integrated Integrated Multi-Trophic Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Aquaculture Model Model

Best Best Organic Organic Practices Practices No chemicals, antibiotics, etc.

Reduced Nutrient (Waste) Load

Economic

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Our first SEAfarm British Columbia CANADA

Farm Site

Located along the northern shore of Surprise Island in Kyuquot Sound, this farm has served as the pre-commercial R&D site for our SEAfood System. It now holds the first commercial aquaculture license of its kind in Canada.

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Our Multi-Species License • Sablefish

Fed Component

• Blue/Gallo Mussels

• Pacific Oyster • Japanese Scallop • Cockles • Green/Red Urchins

• Sea Cucumber • Kelp/Seaweed

Organic Extractive Component (filtration)

Organic Extractive Component (deposit) Inorganic Extractive Component

High valued commercial species WITH complementary ecological roles

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System Design - Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture

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Infrastructure Innovation -

infrastructure life cycle component compatibility handling efficiencies increased productivity reduced COP

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Solar/Wind

Diesel Fuel Price/Litre (CDN)

$2.00

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Fuel Cost per Dozen Shellfish

Operational Innovation

$2.00

$0.00 Apr-12

Estimated operational fuel savings over traditional shellfish raft culture methods - for each SEAfarm facility: > $76,000/year (2011)

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System Benefits • Product diversification • Improved environmental performance • Reduced operating risk with multiple species • Reduced CoP with shared labour pool, SEA- Power and SEA-Hatchery • Organic approach – meets growing market demand SEAVISION


Market Potential • Increasing seafood demand globally (>2.5% annually) and growing per capita consumption in North America • Growing Eco-ethical consumer base looking for fresh, sustainable, wholesome food choices – and willing to pay (organic niche) • Prices of high-valued species projected to continually increase (>20% by 2020)

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A sneak preview ‌ the 2012 SEAfood System Deluxe SEAVISION


… the next step in SEAfood production

Questions ? SEAVISION

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