By David Corrigan & Stephanie Salazar
NORTH KOHALA, Hawaii: In Kawaihae, a Hawaii based open ocean aquaculture company has received a U.S. patent for its fish farming technology that will be deployed off the North Kohala Coast.
Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc. filed the patent in September 2007 for its “Oceansphere”, Automated Positioning and Submersible Open Ocean Platform for Fish Farming.
The company has permits and approval for a 247-acre lease site 2.6 miles off of North Kohala, where it can deploy up to Twelve Oceanspheres in the hopes of producing 6,000 tons of tuna per year.
We interviewed CEO Bill Spencer in 2008 about the project.
The project is not without some controversy. The organisation Food and Water Watch has been critical of many aquafarming projects around the world, warning that they may be harmful to the ecosystem.
The company is privately funded and was formed in 2006 as a Delaware C corporation. Its headquarters are in Honolulu.