WHAT WE DO
Aquaculture Products: We produce high quality seed for sustainable seafood growers (mollusks and seaweed) and are one of the first companies to offer local California varieties.
Research Collaborations: We have a successful track record in aquaculture research, from grant writing, navigating the permitting process, executing and managing projects, publishing, and implementing tech-to-market strategies. HoldFast can also offer space and technical assistance at our hatchery located in San Pedro, CA. We welcome ideas for both applied and basic aquaculture research topics.
Coastal Bioremediation: An individual mussel or oyster has the capacity to filter 10 liters of seawater per hour - more than 50 gallons per day! This provides an efficient biological system to remove nitrogen and particulate waste from the ocean. Macroalgae remove dissolved nitrogen while producing oxygen and withdrawing carbon dioxide, supporting healthy ecosystems and acting as a natural buffer against ocean acidification. We support and provide resources for bio-remediation practices that utilize shellfish and macroalgae.
Conservation and Restoration: We support conservation and restoration efforts of native marine shellfish and macroalgae. These organisms provide a vital habitat and food source for many other species in the marine environment.
Connecting Sound Science to Industry: There is an incredible wealth of information generated through academic research that can have impactful consequences on aquaculture practices, and there are industry needs that should drive academic research and partnerships. We provide consultation and research services to connect industry partners with sound science. We also conduct in-house research to develop superior lines of important aquaculture species.
Workforce Training: An aquaculture industry requires an education pipeline to train the next generation of aqua-farmers. We offer apprenticeship and internship programs that provide hands-on technical training, introductions to the biology and ecology of aquaculture species, and exposure to the policy and business aspects of the industry.
Education and Outreach: Our team believes that education and outreach are critical components to support a growing sustainable aquaculture industry. With a combined experience of over 10 years in education and outreach, we provide presentations and hands-on experiential learning opportunities for students of all ages at no cost.
Seeded mussel lines
Our mussel lines are generated from Southern California sourced populations and include Mytilus galloprovincialis and Mytilus californianus. Utilizing a robust gonad conditioning system, we can ensure a reliable source of seed.
seeded kelp lines
Giant Kelp lines are available for order by region, and are the quintessential locally derived aquaculture product for Southern California. Our lines can be ordered individually, or we can help your team develop a selectively bred and scientifically managed product.
In addition to seeded lines, HoldFast can work with your team to develop a variety of products, including micro-algae, gamete conditioning systems, bivalve spat, family lines and more. Please contact us with your project and product needs.