What is the SI Project?
The SI Project operates from separate facilities on the Sustainable Aquatics Campus which market marine fish that are tank raised from wild collected post-larval swarms. The SI project collects very young fish from the ocean — often recently settled post-larval fish — and raises them in their Tennessee facilities. There are several great reasons motivating the SI project, from being more sustainable to being better for business:
- For the first time, the SI project makes available to retailers fish which are completely acclimated to aquarium life. This means that they exhibit good color, health, acceptance of a wide variety of prepared aquarium foods, are free of disease, and are “socially acclimated” to aquarium conditions and to humans.
- This enables a high survival rate through retail sale and into the hobbyist aquarium.
- Collecting these small fish is more ecologically-friendly than collecting large, mature animals since the larger animals are survivors that we need to leave in the ocean as breeder fish and the smaller, younger animals typically have a low survival rate to maturity in nature.