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Sea Grant leading national ocean aquaculture research program
New technology is being tested this summer in the Gulf of Mexico that will hopefully lead to the creation of a sustainable, environmentally friendly open ocean aquaculture industry. A team of researchers, government agencies and private companies - from nine states - make up the regional Gulf of Mexico Offshore Aquaculture Consortium (OAC) which is engaged in a multi-year research endeavor to test the waters of the Gulf for such an industry. The Gulf of Mexico project is part of a series of scientific research projects funded and coordinated by NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program 13 states and territories. In August the Gulf OAC, headquartered at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will stock an aquaculture research cage with cobia that will reach market size in a year. It will be a unique home as their cage, located 25 miles off the coast of Pascagoula, Mississippi, tests the use of a single-point mooring system developed by researchers at MIT - the only one in the world used by an aquaculture operation.
The cage's single-point mooring, or SPM, has many advantages over the traditional "multi-line grid system" in the open ocean environment. It allows some movement, and reduces stress on the system, a helpful aspect in the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The SPM also requires less space than the multi-line grid, an important factor in the busy Gulf region and for future leasing systems for offshore space. In addition, the sing
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