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Red Sea Project partners with biotech firm to produce seafood sustainably

TRSDC partners with biotechnology firm in order to produce seafood sustainably at giga-project in Saudi Arabia.

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The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has partnered with biotechnology firm Blue Planet Ecosystems (BPE) in order to produce seafood sustainably at the giga-project in Saudi Arabia.

TRSDC, the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has signed memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with BPE. The company will provide TRSDC with a solution to produce seafood and algae sustainably in a desert environment.

“In response to growing consumer demand for sustainable protein during their travel experiences and to support our regenerative ambitions, TRSDC strives to explore innovative technology solutions,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.

“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.”

Blue Planet Ecosystems biotech firm

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BPE will provide the Land-based Automated Recirculating Aquaculture (LARA) system to mimic natural aquatic ecosystems. LARA “has a minimal environmental footprint and will aid in carbon sequestration for our flagship destination”, Pagano said.

The first phase of the project will assess whether conditions at the Red Sea Project are suitable for the solution to work. It will be the first LARA pilot in the Middle East to undergo a commercial trail.

“It is fascinating to see what can be achieved when innovation meets a clear vision for a sustainable future,” said Paul Schmitzberger, CEO of Blue Planet Ecosystems. “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,” added Schmitzberger.

LARA system pilot at Red Sea Project

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TRSDC’s partnership with BPE follows a collaboration with the world’s first sustainable water brand, Source. The Red Sea Project will be the world’s first destination to provide bottled water made from air and sunlight, produced using patented solar technology.

The Red Sea Development Company is set to take over Amaala, with the adjacent giga-projects owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). The project developers will soon become a single entity under the Red Sea Group.

The Red Sea Development Company’s chief project delivery officer, Ian Williamson, is discussing the transformation of tourism in Saudi Arabia at blooloop V-Expo today (October 4).

Images: TRSDC

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