PARTNERS MAKE IT POSSIBLE
Last month, the women at the Smiling Oyster Cooperative
in Ostional, Nicaragua received technical assistance from expert ocean farmer Bernard Friedman
This experienced ocean entrepreneur helped the women in Nicaragua to
design a new open-water system for recruiting and growing oysters.
When Bernard is not providing assistance to other aquaculture upstarts,
he works as an ocean farmer in Santa Barbara, California where he runs
Hope Ranch Farm, California's only open ocean farm growing mussels and
other shellfish. His nutritiuous and sustainably grown mussels are
available at Whole Food Markets across California.
Paso Pacifico's California staff recently visited Bernard on his boat Perservence
(pictured above) to discuss techniques for applying shellfish
aquaculture as a tool for ocean conservation. We are grateful to Hope
Ranch Farms and for the opportunity to channel Bernard's expertise to
the women fishers of Nicaragua.