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Soybean Checkoff-Supported Project Chosen for Time's "Best Inventions" List (11-5-2012)The next-generation aquaculture technology behind the Velella Mariculture Project has been named to Time Magazine's "50 Best Inventions of 2012" list. Citing the growing global demand for Omega 3-rich marine fish and flat wild fish catches, Time highlighted Velella's potential as an aquaculture method with no discernible environmental impact. The project was funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff
Neil Sims: Growing more seafood for more people (7-25-2012)An unanchored fish pen tethered to a drifting boat that allows sashimi-grade Kampachi to be farmed in their natural environment miles offshore of Hawaii. The fish in the Aquapod were fed a diet with a significant proportion of soybean meal and soy oil through a hose from the connecting tender vessel.
Harvest of First Farmed Fish in U.S. Waters Shows Promise of Eco-Friendly Aquaculture (2-29-2012)Marine biologists at Kampachi Farms announced today the successful final harvest from the "Velella" Research Project, which raised fish for the first time in U.S. Federal waters. This harvest completes the grow-out cycle of sashimi-grade kampachi fish from an unanchored drifter pen that has been riding eddies in the open ocean, 3 to 75 miles offshore of the Big Island of Hawaii, since last summer.
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