I first heard about this when CNN did a piece on a Aqua Farm in South America. It really sounds interesting. I was hoping someone out there that might be more in the know could tell us a little more about them.
Here's an article I found online @
Experimental Aqua Pod Could Bring Sustainable Fish Farming to Deep Ocean
Submitted by admin on Sat, 2007-03-31 20:00.
The University of New Hampshire ocean aquaculture program's new aquapod fish cage was submerged in the water at the state pier in Portsmouth on Wednesday September 21st 2005.
Due to the strength of the geodesic design and the use of vinyl coated galvanized steel mesh instead of synthetic twine netting, the AquaPod is suitable for growing fish in pristine offshore waters, which, due to rough conditions and storms are unsuitable for existing fish pen designs.
Moving the farming of fish such as cod to open ocean sites will reduce pollution and conflicts with other coastal resource users. The AquaPod is designed to be operated fully submerged as much as 20 meters when there are storms, at depths which are unaffected by the surface conditions. OFT plans to build a 20 meter diameter pen this summer, to test this larger pen over the winter of 2005 -2006, and begin selling these pens to fish farmers in the North Atlantic and Caribbean in 2006.
As our ocean's fish populations dwindle and as fishing fleets face decreasing quotas there is increasing interest in new ways to harvest fish.
Supported by the Maine Technology Institute, Maine, USA, a prototype AquaPod was launched in November 2004. The AquaPod is a net fish pen made with a frame of triangles in the shape of a sphere. The photograph shows a one-tenth model. In the future fish farms may have 40 giant AquaPods growing 10,000 tons of fish each year.
The weather will be a significant factor as fish are easily stressed by high winds and waves. The AquaPod can be weighted to either float just below the surface of the ocean or when storms approach it can be lowered to safety.