Fish farm owners tout Clovis as site

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers

A Canadian company is interested in bringing a new type of agriculture industry to Curry County — fish farming.

Aquaranch Industries representatives presented plans Tuesday to the Curry County Commission to establish a fish farm at the former Swift/Frozefruit plant south of Clovis on County Road K.

The Clovis facility would employ at least 150, a company official said.

Aquaranch’s founder Myles Harston said his company raises tilapia, a freshwater fish about 17 inches long, for commercial sale. The company also cultivates and sells culinary herbs and organic vegetables as a byproduct.

“We put no load on the environment,” Harston said. “We utilize every waste. Every waste becomes a commodity for the next step.”
County Commissioner Robert Sandoval said he requested Aquaranch representatives speak to make the commissioners aware of the company’s plans.