An ocean in Iowa? Inland Sea plans aquaculture system
AMES, Iowa — Inland Sea LLC is an Ames-based joint venture formed in 2014 between Heartland Global and Global Aquaponic Foods. The company is planning to build recirculating aquaculture system facilities for salmon production.
The first facility will result in a weekly harvest of almost 90,000 pounds of salmon, approximately 4.4 million pounds annually. This Iowa facility will be the first in a series of large-scale, efficient, bio-secure aquaculture production sites in the U.S. and global inland locations.
Inland Sea possesses the technology and systems needed to construct and operate one of the most technologically advanced, highly automated recirculating grow-out tank systems in the world. The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded the company a $25,000 grant from the Proof of Commercial Relevance (POCR) Fund for expenses in conjunction with validation of market channels for salmon from the Iowa production facility.
The POCR Fund provides financial assistance to innovative businesses pursuing proof of commercial relevance and marketability of a technology. The fund is designed to assist businesses with new technologies that have completed the proof of concept stage and are ready to be subjected to the rigors of the proof of commercial relevance stage that includes defining the market for the product and perfecting the product to meet market needs.