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SITE VISIT: A unique and impressive island in the stream- Grand opening of Florida Organic Aquaculture

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by Paul Hundley 

“And chase hard and good and with no mistakes and do not overrun them.”  –Ernest Hemingway, Islands in the Stream

Smiles all around for the grand moment. Jemal Hayes photo

Smiles all around for the grand moment.
Jemal Hayes photo

 

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The Florida Organic Aquaculture operations center in Fellsmere, FL. FOA hit the ground running by moving into an existing citrus grove packing facility.
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FELLSMERE, FL –  After six years of finding investors, property, and a suitable location, officials from Florida Organic Aquaculture started construction one year ago on their facilities here to cultivate “happy, healthy shrimp.”

Shrimp that are to be sold to area restaurants and grocers while creating numerous local and regional employment opportunities.

Located about six miles from I-95 in Fellsmere – where County Road 512 makes a sharp turn south toward State Road 60 – Florida Organic Aquaculture has built the first phase of what is being been hailed as the nation’s largest pole barn, a 4.2-acre structure the length of 3.5 football fields.

The initial structure is currently in the latter stages of upfit with twenty 830-cubic-meter biofloc raceway systems for growing shrimp.

Other construction underway includes a shrimp hatchery and nursery building.

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From left: Oswald Sousa, Joseph E. Flescher (Indian River County Commission Chairman), Sid Banack, and Cliff Morris.
Jemal Hayes photo

Touted as the largest closed-water, environmentally-safe, and energy-efficient shrimp production facility in the US,
Florida Organic Aquaculture had its grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration in early  May 7.

Celebrating “Made in America,” “Happy Healthy Shrimp,” and “Fresh from Florida,” over 700 guests attended this event and Fish Farming News was there.

Clifford Morris, CEO/president of Florida Organic Aquaculture (FOA) leads this high-tech, biosecure, shrimp farming and research company.

He not only presides over the scientific integrity of the project, but also promotes its potential as a cutting-edge business investment, garnering international investors through his Jupiter, FL-based company, Mirzam Investor Green Card, LLC.

This is a US Citizenship and Immigration Services-designated regional center in Florida that sources foreign investors for projects here in the States.

FFN_3_14cover…read the rest and much, much more in Issue 3, 2014 of Fish Farming News. 

Download access instructions so that you can read the online flipbook AND download a pdf copy for future reference.

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