Multi Aquaculture Onshore and Offshore

The United States is experiencing a national crisis due to the loss of whole populations of fish and shellfish in coastal waters. Wild stocks of shellfish and finfish have significantly declined worldwide due to poor management, pollution, fishing pressure both recreationally and commercially, as well as climate shifts. 

The U.S. imported over $13.1 billion of seafood in 2006. After exports are deducted, the U.S. seafood trade deficit is approaching $11 billion and climbing. The United States will need an additional two million metric tons of seafood per year by 2025, based on projections by the USDA. Sustainable aquaculture can take some of the pressure off of the wild fishery while meeting increased demands for seafood. In 2011 a milestone was reached. Over half of the seafood consumed worldwide now originates from aquaculture facilities. 

Locations of the fish farm onshore and offshore sites

Multi Aquaculture hatches, broods and prepares its offshore crops at its onshore facilities in Amagansett, in an area called Promised Land. Year-old fingerlings are transferred in special containers to the offshore net pens to grow naturally in voluminous pens in the natural marine environment. 

A view of our offshore fish Farm

Trained personnel deliver food daily to the offshore site, intermingling fish feeding with scuba dives to monitor containment net and mooring system integrity.

Multi Aquaculture onshore facilities at the Promised Land

In mid-autumn, the juvenile fish – much larger than when they first went offshore – are transferred back to the onshore facility where they are held in the many pools until they are picked up by distributors, local restauranters and visitors to the fish farm. 

Striped bass fry gather to feed in onshore pools