Navy, Water Department Wary of Massive Fish Farm Project
The city of San Diego currently monitors ocean water around the Point Loma sewage treatment plant, to make sure the plant doesn’t dump anything too bad into the ocean. If millions of fish are swimming around – and, yes, pooping – nearby, that might complicate the monitoring process, triggering a costly bureaucratic mess. The city sent a letter to the EPA with its concerns.
The Navy has its own concerns about the fish farm and sent a letter as well with a different proposed location.
The backers of a massive fish farm off the coast of San Diego are starting to get a sense of all the hurdles they’ll need to overcome to pull the project off.
The city’s water department is afraid pollution from the fish farm could trigger a regulatory chain reaction that could cost city water customers $2 billion.
The Navy worries that cages of fish five miles off the coast could interfere with its operations. Those operations or debris from them could accidentally drift into the cages, the Navy warned in a recent letter.