First Producer of Salt Water Striped Bass Begins Commercial Operations in Mexico
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Kelly Hill March 7, 2016
Pacifico Aquaculture has developed the world's first successful commercial producer of high quality ocean-raised striped bass. The fish is the true striped bass, Morone saxatilis, rather than the widely raised freshwater hybrid bass. The project has been under development for several years and the first large scale commercial production will be available for US markets in late summer, according to Omar Alfi, Pacifico’s Managing Director.
Located eight miles off the coast of Ensenada in Baja California, the company utilizes sustainable and environmentally safe aquaculture practices to grow ocean-raised Striped Bass in Baja. Pacifico has spent the last three years perfecting their self-contained hatchery technology, which allows them to control quality throughout the entire production process.
Dr. Valerie Williams, PhD in striped bass Reproductive Biology, and Assistant Hatchery Manager says: “I’ve been studying and working with striped bass for the past 12 years and the Pacifico team has selected the optimal site to cultivate this fish in a sustainable and healthy manner. Todos Santos Island on the Pacific Coast of northern Baja California is the ideal location to grow this fish. The water quality, strong currents and stable temperature makes for an environment conducive to healthy fish year-round while maintaining a pristine natural ecosystem.”
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