Baja Aquaculture, Inc.

Baja Aquaculture is a Management Company that services the Aquaculture Industry.  Baja Aquaculture is committed to developing environmentally responsible marine aquaculture and innovative systems for marine farming. 

Their mission is “To generate value to shareholders and to society by creating and operating sustainable seafood farms and by developing and marketing integrated farming equipment and systems needed for their operation.”

CEO Lorenzo Juarez has 30 years of experience in commercial marine aquaculture and research. Until recently Lorenzo served as Deputy Director at NOAA’s Office of Aquaculture in Washington, DC. He has worked for several large, international shrimp aquaculture companies, most recently as President of Shrimp Improvement Systems. He is a Past President (2009) and a Fellow (2011) of the World Aquaculture Society.

Rose Canyon Fisheries

Rose Canyon Fisheries, Inc. (RCF) is a partnership between Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI), a 501(c)(3) research organization, and Cuna del Mar. RCF will permit, establish and operate a commercial-scale fish farm off the San Diego, CA coast.  This will be the first operation of its kind in federal waters of the United States.  The RCF collaboration is dedicated to fulfilling a major void in the U.S. seafood industry – a reliable, sustainable source of healthy, premium fish, grown with care in a clean, natural and regulated environment.  In the U.S., more than 91% of seafood is imported and half of that supply comes from aquaculture. The proposed RCF project will annually produce 5,000 metric tons (MT) of yellowtail jack, white seabass and striped bass in sea cages that will be located 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers) from the San Diego shoreline.

Rosenstiehl School of Marine & Atmosphere Science

Daniel Benetti, Professor, Marine Affairs & Policy

Dr. Daniel Benetti is a Professor and the Director of Aquaculture at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where he was the Chairman of the Division of Marine Affairs and Policy from 2003 to 2008. He has over 30 years experience in aquaculture worldwide. Besides his academic responsibilities at RSMAS – where he teaches the 3 graduate level core courses of the Aquaculture Track degree —, he carries out scientific and R&D projects on technology development and environmental issues related to aquaculture. He specializes in hatchery and open ocean growout technologies of marine finfish species, including, most recently, cobia, Seriola (yellowtail jacks), snapper, tuna, mahimahi and flounder. He has published over 100 articles in aquaculture science and technology, has extensive experience with the industry and has been a consultant for the private and government sectors in Latin America, U.S., Europe, Asia, Caribbean and Australia, where he has partnered with the government and the industry to spearhead advanced technology for hatchery and sustainable offshore aquaculture development. He is the scientific coordinator of several offshore aquaculture projects and operations in the US and abroad. He is consulting for technology transfer of marine fish hatchery and growout for the government and private sector of a number of countries in 5 continents in project development for sustainable aquaculture and environmental monitoring programs with focus on open ocean and coastal mariculture operations. His work is centered on innovative research to ensure that seafood production through mariculture is wholesome, environmentally sustainable and economic viable. View Publications >

Aaron Welch

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, History B.A.
Emory University, J.D.
University of Miami, Marine Affairs and Policy M.S. 

Aaron’s undergraduate work earned him the 1998 Connor Memorial Award as the outstanding U.S. Navy officer candidate graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. Numerous awards and medals later, Aaron went on to receive his J.D. degree from Emory and decided to enter the University of Miami/RSMAS, where his thesis focused on developing techniques for culturing goggle eyes, a species of fish new to aquaculture. With his research with Dr. Kenny Broad and Dr. Daniel Benetti, Aaron will be adding a policy perspective to his already extensive research in the field of aquaculture.

Ocean Stewards Institute

The Ocean Stewards Institute is a trade organization advocating for the emerging open ocean aquaculture industry. Members include open ocean aquaculture, seafood trade and supporting industries. Affiliate membership is offered to interested individuals and parties in government agencies, academia, NGOs and the media. Learn More >