The pacific fat sleeper is a very attractive specie to produce due to its great adaptability to extreme conditions and the high interest shown by some ethnical markets.
Self-sustained Organic Production project (SSOP) is very flexible in producing many different fresh water fish species like Nile tilapia, rainbow trout, catfish and many others. Nevertheless, SSOP plans to focus its fish production to the pacific sleeper (dormitator latifrons) and sell it to the international market.
The reason for this decision is to take advantage of a new but reliable steady growing niche marketing that has been developed by local suppliers and directed to ethnic markets in USA. This species show a very attractive sale price and some productivity advantages.
SSOP plans on utilizing rainbow trout as the backup fish species within the system due to their tolerance for variable water quality (especially seasonally cold temperatures), rapid growth, ease of breeding, and marketability within the local tourist market.
To offset high initial purchase costs for pacific sleeper, SSOP will purchase ~ 800 thousand 2” sleepers from local breeders, enough to begin operation of half of the planned troughs. As the fish grow, the number of tanks of fish in the system grows, providing the nutrients necessary to connect more troughs and scale up the vegetable grow area as we maximize organic vegetable production.
As SSOP scale up, it will separate the best performing sleepers for future brood stock and sell a limited number with good markings but keep a sufficient quantity for our fish ‘engine’. Only after successful breeding and rearing of sleepers and expansion of the SSOP system has occurred, SSOP we begin a larger scale marketing of sleepers, likely at the end of year two.