Canadian company considering opening local plant

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
7 August 2007, at 1:00am

CANADA - Aquaranch Industries representatives will present plans to the Curry County Commission to establish a fish farm at the former Swift/Frozefruit plant south of Clovis on County Road K.

The Clovis facility would employ at least 150 people, a company official said.

Aquaranch founder Myles Harston said his company raises tilapia, a freshwater fish about 17 inches long, for commercial sale. The company also cultivates and sells culinary herbs and organic vegetables as a by-product.

We feed the fish, the fish provide the nutrients for the plants, and the plants clean up the water for the fish, Harston said. Its a symbiotic relationship between the plants and the fish.

Harston said it is an environmentally friendly process, where the waste from the fish is used for growing culinary herbs and vegetables.

We put no load on the environment, Harston said. We utilize every waste. Every waste becomes a commodity for the next step.

County Commissioner Robert Sandoval said he requested Aquaranch representatives speak to make the commissioners aware of the companys plans.

I figured it would be good for the county commissioners to know whats going on, Sandoval said. The Commission is interested in any new business coming to Clovis. The county is always interested in anything that will bring economic development to the county.

Aquaranch, which operates a fish farm in Flanagan, Illonois, would need state approval to operate, according to county officials. Harston said the company is in the process of making proper arrangements to establish a farm.