Fish-Farm Off the Coast of San Diego Could be the First in Federal Waters

The proposed farm, Pacific Ocean AquaFarm, would be located about four miles offshore of San Diego and would generate 5,000 metric tons of sushi-grade yellow tail each year--enough for 11 million servings. The project would create a diversity of economic opportunities and provide a local source for a fish that is now mostly imported. The partnership behind the fish farm submitted a federal permit application on September 9, 2020. NOAA will lead the environmental review, which will take about 18 to 24 months. Construction would take about a year, and the first set of fish stocked there would be ready for market in another 18 to 22 months.

Pacific Ocean AquaFarm

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