Off­shore kam­pachi set for har­vest

Fish Farmer - - World News -

PIONEERING off­shore farm­ing ven­ture the Kam­pachi Com­pany has se­cured eq­uity in­vest­ment that will help scale up the pro­duc­tion of its ocean reared fish in Mex­ico.

The com­pany an­nounced last month that it had re­ceived fund­ing from the Althe­lia Sus­tain­able Ocean Fund (SOF), a new fund man­aged by Mirova Nat­u­ral Cap­i­tal and ded­i­cated to align­ing ocean devel­op­ment and con­ser­va­tion goals.

Hawaii based Kam­pachi Com­pany, co-founded by Neil An­thony Sims, farms king kam­pachi (Al­maco jack) miles from land, in net pens an­chored deep in Mex­ico’s Gulf of Cal­i­for­nia.

The in­vest­ment from SOF will help fund sus­tain­able off­shore pro­duc­tion of king kam­pachi, a sashimi qual­ity ma­rine fish that will be mar­keted to res­tau­rants and re­tail­ers in Mex­ico, the United States, Ja­pan, and Europe.

The com­pany now has around 200,000 fish in grow-out pens and its first har­vest, of 4-6lb king kam­pachi, is ex­pected in late March 2019.

Sims said: ‘This in­vest­ment by Althe­lia val­i­dates the scal­able, en­vi­ron­men­tally sound at­tributes of off­shore kam­pachi pro­duc­tion.’

Above: Neil An­thony Sims

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