No Antibiotics, No Hormones, Traceable & Sustainable
Acadia Harvest Inc.® is devoted to producing the highest quality seafood using sustainable and environmentally responsible state-of-the-art systems in a controlled environment. We know exactly how our fish lived and grew through their entire life cycle, the optimal conditions they lived under and perhaps most importantly what they were fed. Our customers and consumers know they are enjoying the exact species they expected, source-identified and responsibly grown. Since the company was founded, we have been developing two key technologies to help us meet our objectives:
1. Marine fish wastes require traditional land-based aquafarms to deal with salt laden material. AHI views these wastes as a nutrient source for other marine species, as occurs in the ocean. Using a technique called Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), the company has completed two studies whereby fish wastes were processed not by traditional process equipment, but by a variety of species including marine invertebrates, micro-algae and shellfish. Thanks to grants from the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), AHI has successfully completed studies with both California yellowtail and black sea bass. Based upon these trials, NSF has recently awarded AHI a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant worth an initial $657,000 for 2015 – 2016 work. The goal is to commercialize IMTA technology in a large scale, land-based aquafarm, growing not only fish, but also other marketable species, in a low to zero waste system.
2. While aquaculture is the most efficient production method for animal proteins (compared to poultry, swine and cattle production), the industry is still heavily dependent upon the use of aquafeeds made from fish meal and oil derived from forage fish (e.g., herring, anchovies, menhaden, etc.). Awareness has grown of the over-harvesting of forage fish globally, and the aquaculture industry is hoping to find solutions to this problem. AHI has been working with experts at the USDA Aquaculture Research Center in Montana to investigate nutritious feed formulations for our fish that substantially limit the use of fish meal and oil from forage fish. Thanks to a 2014 Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from NSF worth $270,000, the company has run two sets of feed trials comparing experimental formulations with commercial feeds. Thanks to encouraging results in these trials, AHI has been awarded another NSF Phase II grant that will allow us to expand our research efforts and to lay the groundwork for commercial efforts in partnership with existing feed producers.