The world’s oceans could be running out of fish. On average, people eat four times as much fish now than they did in 1950 and last year, global fish consumption hit a record high of 17kg (37 pounds) per person per year. This increasing demand for fish on our plate has lead to overfishing with no time for fish populations to recover.
We have turned to fish farming – or aquaculture – as a strategy to meet the growing demand for seafood. However, as current methods of fish farming often involve crowded, tethered pens with poor water circulation, disease is spread and huge amounts of environmental stress are put on of surrounding waterways.
Steve Page at Ocean Farm Technologies, based in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, has come up with a solution – a unique containment for marine aquaculture, tethered offshore. The Aquapod is inspired by naturally occurring schools of fish and the ‘geodesic dome’, North American architect Buckminster Fuller’s spherical shell structures.
The free floating, untethered deep ocean fish habitat looks like a giant underwater hamster ball. Its unique ability to change location with the ocean’s current creates less stress on surrounding environments and reduces overcrowding as the fish are free to move in the same way they would in the wild. The fact they are located at least a mile out at sea in deep water means the fish are as wild as they could possibly be, whilst still being farmed – a true free range fish.
Aquapod is No.9 on the Best Atlas projects 2015. Find out what else made the list here.
Gaby is a wildlife documentary producer with broadcast credits on BBC, National Geographic, Discovery and PBS.
Steve Page, Inventor and President of Ocean Farm Technologies Inc.