The global applications for Aqua-Sphere® are
enormous. As population growth continues at an unprecedented
pace, land availability decreases and price increases,
making this resource more difficult to access for
commercial development. In the near future, global
aquaculture may heavily rely on existing water-based
environments such as quarries, mineral mines, lakes,
estuaries, bays, near-shore and the open ocean, for
freshwater, brackish, and marine sites. These sites
are often inexpensive and accessible. Additionally,
water quality factors have forced most successful
operations to base in remote areas. The dependence
upon waterfront land and electricity has severely
limited the development of aquaculture worldwide.
The Aqua-Sphere® System is designed to operate
via alternative energy sources, and be self-sufficient.
The successful integration of alternative energy applications
and effective waste removal set the stage for the
spread of commercial fish farming into areas of the
world that up until now were not feasible. The impact
of utilizing this resource to meet future demand through
the development of sustainable operations could be
Freshwater applications present some of the greatest
opportunities based upon the broad diversity of resources.
Quarries, mineral mines, stormwater treatment areas,
lakes, ponds, and even passive river systems are overlooked
resources. Their limitation in the past was water
quality. Self-polluting net pens and cage systems
simply cannot operate sustainably in a closed body
of water. Waste quickly causes euthrophication and
changes the composition of the lake, lowering pH and
dissolved oxygen. The Aqua-Sphere® System eliminates
these concerns by concentrating and removing solid
Millions of water- acres are available worldwide
in freshwater that are not currently being used. The Aqua-Sphere® will significantly open worldwide
opportunities to sustainably farm these waters.
Saltwater applications for the Aqua-Sphere® are endless. Near and off-shore mariculture is expanding
worldwide, however the potential is much greater.
Permitting, environmental legislation, and environmental
activists have limited growth in this sector. All
of these entities raise concerns about waste and pollution.
If this aspect is removed, the industry bottleneck
will also be eliminated, which will pave the way for
growth in the immediate future.
Many sensitive areas such as coral reefs, kelp forests,
lagoons, etc. have always been excluded from mariculture
development as they typically provide sanctuaries
for tourism, and governments are not willing to risk
the resource loss. The eco-friendly operation of Aqua-Sphere® provides the capability for mariculture to live in
harmony with these sensitive areas, while providing
valuable seafood production.