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Potential for United States Seafood Producers
The US imports over 80% of its seafood, incurring a huge trade deficit. This demand illustrates a huge potential market for US seafood producers. Arc Horizon provides innovative solutions and approaches towards making aquaculture more profitable. In Florida alone, aquaculture produced over $69 million in 2012. Arc Horizon is at the forefront with assisting farmers maximize revenues. We conduct feasibility studies for new enterprises, expansion of businesses, adopting and evaluation of new technologies, and value addition and processing of seafood products. We assist with capital acquisition, and grants and loan applications. Arc Horizon has an unparalleled success record. Our clients have expanded and acquired new markets from local sales to major chain stores such as Walmart.
Oyster Production in the Gulf of Mexico
The Apalachicola Bay Region in North Florida was once home to one of the most fertile oyster producing industry in the United States. To date, the economy of the region is in decline as a direct result of the recent collapse of the local wild oyster and commercial fishing industry. Between September and November of 2012, Florida's monthly oyster harvest dropped from 152,000 lbs. to 80,000 lbs. Statistics from the Franklin County Seafood Association report that farmers now harvest 2 bags per day compared to 17 bags per day they would have harvested before the current collapse occurred.

The region is still recovering from the BP oil spill in the gulf in 2010 which resulted in a general shunning of the gulf region seafood products. To further compound the plight, the reduced volume of water flowing down the Apalachicola River has altered the delicate balance of fresh and salt water in the bay that is critical to the survival of the oysters. Alabama, Florida, and Georgia have battled in court since 1990 over water rights to the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system. Florida has been seeking water rights to protect Apalachicola Bay and the seafood industry.

It may very well be that environmental changes currently impacting and underway in the Gulf of Mexico calls for alternative oyster production systems. Florida Legislators are supporting a large initiative to revive oyster production in the region through oyster farming. This initiative is spearheaded by Wakulla Environmental Institute and Arc Horizon is among the team of experts successfully working on innovative approaches to revive oyster production and economies in the region as well as green energy projects.
Agriculture and Food Security
Review of USAID Peanut CRSP Program
The CRSPS Program, through science and technology intervention, seeks to reduce hunger and poverty in Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and Central America. The program is funded through the Bureau for Food Security of USAID, U.S. Universities and participating countries.
Arc Horizon with other panelists recently participated in the 5-year review of the Peanut CRSP program. Arc Horizon evaluated the challenges faced by the researchers on the ground, the effectiveness and efficiency in communications and relationships between host countries and University of Georgia, the agency which disbursed funding to host country scientists. We determined the effectiveness and impact of the program in reducing hunger and poverty.
Distribution of Agriculture Equipment to Small Holder Farmers
Arc Horizon personnel currently direct a new nonprofit organization to produce and distribute adopted and cheaper planting and harvesting equipment to small holder farmers in developing countries. The organization, Peanuts for Life, is the result of an innovative idea to reduce the strain associated with labor intense operations and result in increased production, fewer at harvest losses and more income to farmers in developing countries.
Reducing Soil Erosion in Haiti
In 1925, 60% of original forests covered the lands and mountainous regions in Haiti. To date, an estimated 98% of the original forest cover has been cut for use as fuel for cook stoves, and in the process have destroyed fertile farmland soils, contributing to desertification. The pressure on cutting trees for fire wood in Haiti will remain until alternative sources for cooking have been developed, an area of research that continues to elude scientists after decades of research. Arc Horizon, in collaboration with partners, is researching ways to reduce erosion in Haiti. Contact us on how you could be involved.
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