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Understanding ISAS™

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Replicating Ecosystems  By effectively replicating an ecosystem, an Integrated Seawater Agriculture  System™ allows the production of mass volumes of biofuels and food, without using freshwater, chemical fertilizers or a single hectare of arable land.  The science underlying the concept of ISAS™ is unequivocally proven, substantiated and well documented through research and development and operational experience at the Environmental Research Laboratory, University of Arizona and in projects in Eritrea and Mexico.


 Global Seawater Inc in Mexico


Watch ISAS™ in action in Eritrea

A Sustainable Solution  Moreover, the technologies underlying ISAS™ have been proven to be sustainable for over thirty years in Mexico and are endorsed by leading scientific authorities, including Dr. Nina Fedoroff, President-Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former Science & Technology Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Abundant Resources  Many developing countries often have an abundance of natural resources which are either underutilized or unutilized.  ISAS™ is intelligently designed to productively combine many of these resources and create wealth.  The key components of an ISAS™ project are:

  • Seawater: manmade seawater rivers enable untreated seawater to flow from the sea into the project area to be pumped onto the land for agricultural irrigation and other applications;

  • Land: large tracts of low lying uninhabited, arid desert land (e.g. 50,000 ha of non-agricultural grade land) located inland, which will become productive through the farming of halophytes (salt tolerant plants) and practicing aquaculture; and

  • Labor: a sizable workforce of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labor required to operate the project, which in turn will generate considerable infrastructure and support services needs.

Integrated Operations  A series of manmade seawater rivers and canals are used for aquaculture operations, the effluent from which is then used as a natural fertilizer for halophyte-based (i.e. naturally salt tolerant plants such as salicornia and mangroves) agriculture operations.  Collectively, these closed-loop, interdependent aquaculture and agriculture operations yield biofuels (liquid and solid), seafood (including fish and shrimp) and a host of co-products including biomass, protein meal, animal feed and salt.

Watch ISAS™ in action, as featured on CNN


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