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TRSDC teams up with BPE for sustainable desert aquaculture

RIYADH, October 4, 2021

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project coming up in Saudi Arabia, has signed two agreements with Blue Planet Ecosystems (BPE) for production of sustainable seafood and algae in a desert environment in regional first. 
 
The Land-based Automated Recirculating Aquaculture (Lara) system works by replicating natural aquatic ecosystems in a modular and automated system. Lara coverts CO2 directly into chemical-free seafood using phyto and zooplankton as transitional stages.
 
It is constructed on a tower of three horizontal units. The top unit uses the sun’s energy to grow microalgae which powers the entire system. The microalgae is then moved to the next unit down, where it nourishes zooplankton. Finally, the zooplankton is then transported to the bottom unit, where it is eaten by fish.
 
The proposed BPE solution is aimed at providing sustainable production of seafood and algae production in a desert environment, said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC after signing the deal with Paul Schmitzberger, CEO of BPE. 
 
The first MoU sees the entities pledging to investigate the implementation of a viable solution for a sustainable high tech, CO2 Negative Fish Production. 
 
The first phase of the project will be implemented as a 3,500 sq m pilot, to assess whether conditions at The Red Sea Project are suitable for the solution to work effectively and efficiently. This will be the first Lara pilot outside Europe to undergo a commercial trial.
 
"In response to growing consumer demand for sustainable protein and further contribute to the long-term protection and enhancement of ocean biodiversity, TRSDC strives to explore innovative technology solutions," explained Pagano. 
 
"Our partnership with Blue Planet Ecosystems, means working together to set a new global standard in sustainable, multitrophic desert aquaculture where we can literally turn sunlight into seafood," he added.
 
Lara system has a minimal environmental footprint and will not only help feed guests and residents sustainably but will aid in carbon sequestration for its flagship destination as well as future projects on the Red Sea coast, in alignment with the company’s aspiration to achieve 100 percent carbon neutrality.
 
Schmitzberger said: "It is fascinating to see what can be achieved when innovation meets a clear vision for a sustainable future. The Red Sea Project is demonstrating how the destination of the future will look and operate."
 
"At the Red Sea Project site, the conditions are perfect to pilot and establish our desert farming technology - to demonstrate our joint vision of turning sunlight into seafood. We are looking forward to this amazing development journey and feel proud to be making our contribution to a global movement," he added.
 
The second MoU signed was to acknowledge TRSDC and BPE’s intention to jointly participate in the XPrize Carbon Removal competition funded by Elon Musk’s Musk Foundation. 
 
The competition, which has prize money of $100 million, is aimed at tackling the biggest problem facing humanity - climate change and rebalancing the Earth’s carbon cycle. As this aligns with TRSDC’s and BPE’s goals, the two parties will enter the competition as one team.-TradeArabia News Service



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