Farmed Fish Swim to the Fore

Publication: USA Today

Author: Elizabeth Weise


01/23/2007 - The future of fish looks a lot like an underwater UFO.Half a mile off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, vast mesh cages are suspended on 65-foot steel poles. Inside each, 50,000 silver and yellow fish dart through the clear ocean water. They are a Hawaiian breed known as kahala, relatives of the Japanese hamachi or yellowtail, farmed in 200-foot-deep water by Kona Blue Water Farms. The company harvests 10,000 pounds each week. The fish spend nine to 11 months eating and growing and are harvested when they reach 5 to 6 pounds, sucked out in 10-inch plastic pipes to boats waiting to whisk them to shore and from there to restaurants and high-end retailers, their buttery flesh prized for sushi and sashimi.

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