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Pacifico Aquaculture is staffed with the best technicians, mariners, divers, feeders, and administration in the industry. Marine Fishery Biologist and founding partner Eric Pedersen has lived and worked in Ensenada consecutively for 27 years. His leadership and solid work ethic has been essential to the design, construction, and operation of the project. Other founding partner Rex Ito has over nearly 30 years combined experience working in commercial aquaculture operations in Latin America and import/wholesale seafood operations in the U.S. The sister company, Baja Aquafarms, is the largest bluefin ranching group in Mexico, (part of Umami Sustainable Seafood). Together with Pacifico Aquaculture, these companies-all part of the Atlantis Group (Iceland), constitute the majority of the commercial aquaculture industry of northern Baja California. The companies of the Atlantis Group are internationally-funded and operated, producing the highest quality seafood with some of the lowest production costs in the industry. Currently there are 47 cages of on site, holding striped bass broodstock and yellowtail from the 2010-2011 stocking season and newly stocked fingerlings of striped bass and white seabass stocked in 2011. Pacifico will be installing an additional 29 cages during 2012, with a stocking schedule of 1.3 million fingerlings of striped bass and white seabass between March and October, 2012. Pacifico has also initiated a pilot-project on halibut grown in floating sea cages. The goal of the company is to increase production based on proven farm experience at this particular site, and at logical and sequential growth intervals, matching the growing markets for these commercially-important fish species. Plans are to produce at least 2,000 tonnes annually within the next two to three seasons. Our industry partner providing fingerlings for the Pacifico operation is Hubbs Sea World Research Institute (HSWRI), who maintains two marine finfish hatcheries located in Mission Bay and Carlsbad, California. Fingerlings procured from HSWRI are previously certified by USDA/FDA and all health certificates are provided to the proper authorities for importation into Mexico. Live fish are loaded into the recirculated and oxygenated wells of Pacifico's live-fish transport vessel and are transported via maritime freight from the hatchery to our site, where fingerlings are stocked directly into waiting cages. HSWRI has over 9 years experience producing a number of different marine finfish fingerlings for laboratory use, nutritional studies, and stock enhancement programs, and only recently has entered into the commercial production and sale of excess fingerlings for marine aquaculture applications.pacificoaquaculture.com
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