Innovasea Helps Secure Federal Grant for Oil Rig Aquaculture Project in Gulf of Mexico
Unique project would transform abandoned platform off Texas coast into working fish farm and create blueprint for future aquaculture re-use projects
BOSTON – Innovasea, a global leader in technologically advanced aquatic solutions for aquaculture and fish tracking, announced today that it has helped the Gulf Offshore Research Institute secure federal grant funds to continue its plan to repurpose a defunct oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico for aquaculture.
The $100,000 grant from the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will help GORI finance the next phase of its proposal to transform Station Padre, a former oil platform 25 miles east of Padre Island, Texas, into a working fish farm.
“We’re grateful for this grant and are excited to put the funds to use proving the viability of platform-based aquaculture in the United States and elsewhere,” said Kent Satterlee, executive director of GORI. “With the renewed push toward a low-carbon future, we believe offshore fish farming is the best way for the country to provide a sustainable, domestically-produced source of protein.”