I just got back from the Turks and Caicos where 1) I enjoyed a great day of fly-fishing for bone fish, which I enjoyed immensely.
Being on the water, seeing tarpon, baby green turtles, barracuda, and catching and releasing, (in my opinion) the greatest fighting fish to capture on a fly rod, is a healing, even a meditative experience for me.
In addition, our international partners, Projects International are working to see if we could develop a substantial GBT shrimp project in TCI.
I first went to TCI over 20 years ago and while I love the islands I have some serious reservations about the feasibility of ever having a GBT production system for shrimp there, however that said, I must admit the progress made so far in negotiations has gone amazingly well.
And in a very surreal development the government agency heads we met with both understood and embraced the natural bio-filtration/conservancy that is a key element in the GBT system.
A few weeks ago, I set a version (see below) of the following out to the key management team for GBT.
If and “should” we ever be considered for that "Nobel Prize” Peter Young keeps mentioning, it will be because of the fact that natural bio-filtration through an indigenous conservancy.
Since the beginning of time all farming both on land and in the ocean, from aquaculture to agricultural, from net pens, to mono cultures, from open ponds to pig parlors, (you get the drift) all farming practices have done immeasurable harm to the environment and especially to the immediate land, air and water on or adjacent to the actual production facility or area.
GBT is unique in that all four of our critical methodologies from the filtration and cleaning of the original water through it filtration system, from its original (usually polluted source); to its bio-floc in the ponds, to its mechanical bio-filtration, to finally its natural bio-filtration conservancy, actually improves at every stage the water and eventually the land and the water we utilize.
I could go into great detail about the molecular bonding processes of saltwater via natural evaporation, cloud formation, ozone processing through ionization, via thunderstorms, etc., and so forth but frankly it is tedious and you probably already remember basic biochemistry from college so it is not necessary.
Suffice to say, the GBT system mimics to the extent possible nature in every way e can and as such this has allowed us to develop the world's first truly RAS with no discharge of any of our processed and treated water back into the original water source.
More to the point even if a natural disaster were to occur of epic proportions and my chance our water was by the millions of gallons back into say, Copano Bay, our water quality at any stage would not be a detriment to the surrounding environment.
The fully integrated GBT system is extremely complex, to say the least.
And for all the naysayers or into day’s lingo, “the hater’s” developing and using a conservancy to add an element of natural bio-filtration to our system, is not a public relations stunt, nor an appeasement offering to the greenies, but it is an integral and critical part of our integrated system and that is a first in history for the production of any food of which we are aware.
And every GBT system in the world will have this natural bio-filtration element in a form that is indigenous to the area and terrain and respective ecosystem of each production facility.