Deep Sea Fish Farming in Geodesic Domes: Upgrade

In this episode of Upgrade, Motherboard goes to Baja California, Mexico to get a firsthand look at these free floating pods, and to get an understanding for why we need better ways to cultivate our future food sources.

Whether it’s found on a plate of sushi, grilled in our backyard, or thrown on pasta, seafood is a staple for many diets around the world, and demand is growing. And as the commercial seafood industry booms, fish stocks worldwide face perilous declines.

We’ve surpassed our capacity to sustainably fish wild caught fish, shrimp, and mollusks from the ocean, and so we’ve turned to aquaculture, or fish farming, as a strategy to meet demand for our growing appetites for water-borne critters. The aquaculture industry is growing fast. According to the FAO, per capita production of seafood from aquaculture has increased 6.9 percent annually since 1970.

Unfortunately for us and for our Earth, current methods of fish farming often involve crowded, tethered pens, which can have poor water circulation and contribute to the spread of disease, and put large amounts of environmental stress on the surrounding waterways.

This is where Steve Page of Ocean Farm Technologies comes in. Taking inspiration from naturally-occurring schools of fish and Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, Page co-designed the Aquapod, a free floating, untethered deep ocean fish habitat which reduces overcrowding, and creates less stress on surrounding environments due to its unique ability to change location with the ocean’s current.

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  • hi if you guys travel to Norway you will see a big industri off salmon and its is always changing so come to norway and see how we do it

  • Annnnnnnd at the end of the day fish still tastes like crap…

  • yo did that Prius prime commercial say it has 133 mpg? Jesus Christ

  • So how do they keep the sides clean of algae?

  • Those pods have to rotate or something, if it becomes a reef over time where matter blocks the flow of water, wouldn't the fish inside suffocate as gases and other toxins fail to cycle out? I guess you could hire somebody to come and clean it now and then, expenses.

  • at 4:22 they spelled diseases wrong.

  • J M

    take my money.

  • The problem with this is that it makes the problem of diseases worse because as he said him self, it's a tiny reef meaning that the fish don't even have to escape to transfer it to wild fish. Especially with the idea of it moving around.

  • The means do not justify the end.
    Improving bad practices to consume excessive food is better than not improving them. But not doing them at all is best.

  • 9:20 is that Donald J Trump?

  • you are ruining our fucking planet

  • you are ruining our fucking planet

  • The dome structure seems a little harder to produce, and out of plastic? Is that as antimicrobial as the new copper alloys?

    Maybe it would be better to use a cube, lol.

  • Pirates. How will they protect their pods from pirates?

  • how cruel! we kipnap and imprison others species to satisfied our taste for exotic sea meats? lets pray non of this species ever reach sentient!….lets order some sushi!!!

  • ak-wuh-kuhl-cher – ˈakwəkʌltʃə – not however these people are saying it!

  • There is a solution to all of this.

    Fertilize fish eggs, put them where the fish grow up, so that there is a lot of fish in the ocean again.

  • This is important research.

  • I would think this is 100x better for the envioment then over fishing?

  • now.. show these fish to the Japanese. that is your REAL test on taste, if you can fool them then your a fucking god when it comes to fish farming.

  • Happy I fish with my dad on a boat catching everything we can keep are eaten and is all wild. Only time I'll eat non wild fish is sushi from a restaurant

  • I wanna dive the dome!

  • The only fish ive ever eaten has been caught by me or my family because i watch and clean my fish i refuse store bought because most are feed by pellets that sink and then they taste of mud so screw farm fish

  • I go shrimping often. thanks to imports we can't make ANY money for real seafood. we use to be able to make around $50 per pound, now it's $10… we can't afford to pay the crew and pay for feul. fuck fish farms

  • I shrimp often, but now I just can't get payed enough to make it worth it. we use to go out and make about $60 per pound. now with the importing of low quality, farm grown trash, we make mabye $9 a pound. fuck seafood farms

  • Good guy greg

  • i am not a vegan but they use term like farming and growing for fish. i thought fish were born and people breed them. its like fish are vegetables,

  • so you're using a public resource for private gain? why not make it a private resource to begin with? that's how "regular" farming works

  • 2:00 He found a street parking spot in NYC !

  • Holy shit i love this channel

  • I thought the biggest problems with fish farming was how they acquire the food to feed the growing fish. They did not mention this issue at all.

  • I read that nuclear radiation from Fukushima will affect California and Baja California's coastlines in a major way from 2016 to 2020.

  • you could even have like 4 aqua pods link up with a house/some kind of storage in the middle

  • this is fucking incredible

  • Really good idea

  • How will the fish be fed once this sphere is drifting out in the ocean?
    Is there some built-in food reservoir?

  • Oh please the fish are still in a cage. What is this supposed to be? ground breaking information because some chubby hipster says it is? Gross

  • im very thankfull to see my idea come true i have been preaching this for years. good to see you picked it up. i have more ideas for geospheres. lets meet.

  • Disliked bc of ads

  • If this guy 3 d printed that cage this vid would be everywhere

  • I got a ibm commercial before this.

  • Private profits at public expense for use of shallow bays? Simple answer own the bay then you have reason to care for the bay.
    OR you could remove the limited liability corporations abuse and the problem will go away.

  • I think it's best to eat land farmed fish due to Fukushima radiation… It reached the east coast of USA a long time ago…ceasium isotopes replace potassium due to similar chemical structure and that's what the fish are breathing and that's the fish you are eating… Wake up