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InnovaSea Systems Inc.
While InnovaSea's predecessor companies focused on
underwater pens for fish farms, the company is now developing fully integrated solution systems that will enable farmers to grow fish in open ocean environments typically two
to six miles from shore. In 2016 InnovaSea established its
headquarters and R&D center in Boston. Drawing upon the
area's marine and high technology industries, the company
has built an engineering and science R&D team that is advancing its technology and products.
As the company has started to take shape in what is still an
industry in its infancy, it has focused primarily on two products. One is the Aquapod, which is a containment system
for marine aquaculture suited for open ocean conditions and
diverse species. The Aquapod is constructed of individual
triangle net panels fastened together in a spheroid shape.
The second primary product is SeaStation. This is a fish
pen that helps farmers reduce the total cost of operating on
medium- to high-volume aquaculture sites. SeaStation is a
secure and long-lasting pen that allows the farmer's capital
costs to be spread across many years and harvesting seasons.
"If you look at a typical SeaStation pen," Kelly says, "you
see an average life of seven to 10 years. With our technology, we can help farmers build a complete system, capable of
working in a variety of environments, where a balance can
be struck between the life of the pen and the cost of it." InnovaSea has installed more than 160 pens around the globe.
Ultimately, InnovaSea is a technology and engineering
company, which becomes vital as more aquaculture companies look to build operations further off shore, so as not to
disturb communities or areas with oceanfront views.
Though much of the industry today is "near shore" aquaculture, Kelly foresees a shift to more offshore sites. "If we
can open up more areas offshore, studies have shown there
is more effort involved in a more exposed environment,"
Kelly says. "We are currently developing technology and
methods that minimize human effort, with more automated
systems that can be monitored remotely."
Offshore aquaculture operations are subject to considerable regulatory scrutiny. However, "With our open ocean
pens, we are looking at a minimal environmental impact,"
Kelly explains. "If our technology isn't environmentally safe,
it won't be adopted."

mix of people to grow and expand on the company's technology and product platforms.
He has a fairly small pool to choose from because there
are not many people with direct aquaculture engineering experience in this relatively new industry.
Fortunately, Kelly already has an experienced team in
place as a result of the Ocean Farm/OceanSpar merger. "There is a very small population of people who have
worked in the industry," Kelly notes. "We have tried to draw
engineers from a variety of industries, including of offshore
oil and gas and defense industries."
InnovaSea has three primary customers:
* Open Blue, which specializes in Cobia fish;
* Earth Ocean Farms, which specializes in Totoaba and
Pacific red snapper; and
* Blue Ocean Mariculture, which focuses on Hawaiian
Kanpachi off Kona, Hawaii.
InnovaSea continues to grow along with a promising industry. As the saying goes, if you teach a man to fish, you
feed him for a lifetime.

Early Returns
Kelly says he has enjoyed the challenges of growing InnovaSea from its early stages. Kelly himself comes from an ocean
technology background, working for companies that focused
on marine robotics or unmanned underwater vehicles.
At InnovaSea, his biggest challenge is finding the right
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