EPA greenlights first fish farm in the open ocean

The future of aquaculture may be out in open waters off the coast of Florida, where 20,000 almaco jack fish will be raised annually in floating chain-link mesh pens. Laura Reiley at The Washington Post reports that EPA will likely grant a permit to Hawaii-based company Ocean Era, which has been testing its concept for years. Environmental advocates are not pleased with this development, arguing that  the floating farms will disrupt the ocean’s natural ecosystem. (Consider waste from 20,000 non-native farmed fish in a highly concentrated area!)