The sea is full of creatures that look like pets, but don’t necessarily belong there.
A little-known marine animal husbandrry company called Terrafirmace is making waves in the hobby.
Terrafinemacraft says it is the only company that has a large-scale marine animal farm in the U.S. The facility, built out of reclaimed wood, is being built to feed and raise marine mammals, turtles, and other marine species, which it hopes will be better able to live and thrive in a harsh climate.
The company hopes to use the facility to make biodiesel from the animals’ waste.
“The idea is to get a sustainable source of energy, which is an important thing,” says Terrafiman CEO Chris Guevara.
“That’s why it’s important to have marine animal farms.”
Terrafimacraft is working on an animal farm at its facility in North Dakota.
It’s expected to be operational in the next few months.
While Terrafimencraft has a small facility, the company says it has an enormous scale.
“We have a total of 12,000 square feet,” Guevilara says.
“It’s about 20 times larger than our main building.”
TerfaMc, which stands for Terrafemcraft Marine Animal Farm, is the company that brought the idea to the attention of the public.
The concept has been around for some time, but was only recently recognized by the Marine Mammal Commission of the United States Marine Mammalogy and Conservation Society.
The agency has now approved Terrafimecraft’s application for an industrial hemp seed-harvesting license.
The application is the first step in the approval process, which begins in February.
“This is the kind of project that we’ve been waiting for,” says Chris Tompkins, director of the Marine Animal Conservation and Management Program at the USMCS.
“I hope it’s going to be a success and will have a lasting impact on the marine animal movement.”
Tompkin says TerfaMedics has been working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service since 2007, but it’s only recently realized that the program has been overwhelmed with applications.
In a statement, the USFWS said, “The Marine Mammals Act is not designed to accommodate the production of marine animal products in the United State.
This is a situation that the commission has been trying to address since 2008.”
According to Gueviara, the USDA’s Office of Management and Budget has been helping the agency address the issue.
“A lot of the agencies have been helping us out,” Guesirara says, “but a lot of it has been bureaucratic.”
The application for a hemp seed license is one step in Terfa Medics plan to make hemp a sustainable alternative to petroleum.
TerfaMeals hopes to begin the process of getting its hemp seed harvest license approved by the US Department of Agriculture by the end of this year.
For now, though, TerfaMedic and Terfa Meals are doing what they can to make their projects a reality.
For example, Terafimecmeals has installed an automated machine that allows the company to plant hemp seeds on a farm.
“If we have a seed and a harvest in hand, we can just start rolling,” Gueda says.
Guesilar says the company is also working to get the US Navy to license the company’s hemp seed.
“They’ve been asking for it for a while,” Guche says.
“[But] I think the Navy’s been taking it a little bit too slowly.”
The US Navy has yet to make a decision on licensing TerrafMedics.
If the Navy does, TerrafMeals plans to work with the Navy to establish a registry of hemp seed harvested in the US.
If that registry is successful, TerfMedics plans to sell its seed to the US Marine Corps and Navy for military purposes.
“At the moment, there’s nothing going on, but we’re hopeful,” Güvara says of the registry.