Creating the first aquaculture facility in U.S. Federal waters to deliver fresh, sustainable, ready to cook mussels

Catalina Sea Ranch has developed the first offshore aquaculture facility in federally regulated waters of the United States, located six miles offshore Huntington Beach, California. During the first two years of operation, they have been improving their technologies, validating the economics, and monitoring and documenting any environmental impact. Their 100‐acre aquaculture facility is located on the edge of the San Pedro Shelf, which is the broadest mainland continental shelf segment off the California coast with approximately 40 square miles (26,000 acres) of federal waters available for expansion. They are now expanding their aquaculture facility to 3,000 acres for putting a dent in America’s annual $15 billion seafood trade deficit and becoming the Aquaculture Capital of America™. Expansion will include cultivating additional mollusk shellfish (scallops, oysters, and abalone), which are among the most lucrative and sustainable fisheries in the U.S. valued at $1 billion. The company has a robust R&D program, having been awarded $500,000 from the Department of Energy (ARPA-E) as the prime contractor to conduct research for developing a marine biomass (seaweed) industry for America. 


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Los Angeles, California, United States


Phil Cruver

Phil Cruver (Founder & CEO at Catalina Sea Ranch) has been an Unreasonable Fellow since November 2018 after participating in Unreasonable Goals 2018.

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