Fish farm seeks two more years |

Fish farm seeks two more years


What: Douglas County Planning Commission

When: 1 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Historic Douglas County Courthouse, 1616 Eighth St.


A proposed fish farm could get started somewhere with a commercial hatchery as early as January 2019.

However, that spot will not be in Carson Valley, according to a request for another two-year extension by Nevada Sea Dreams to build their 270,000 square foot fish farm south of the Gardnerville Ranchos.

“Due to a lack of infrastructure (wells, electricity, roads, buildings) in the designated plot of land in Gardnerville, and the size of the first phase, it will not be economical to begin there at this point,” CEO Gabi Wolkinson wrote the county.

The farm was approved in 2014, and has already received a two-year extension, according to county planer Louis Cariola.

That means the company is required to obtain a new special use permit for the farm it has proposed on Bently land south of the Gardnerville Ranchos.

“This land is very suitable for our needs, and we hope to utilize it in the shortest period of time,” Wolkinson wrote in his request.

That will depend on Douglas County planning commissioners, who are meeting 1 p.m. Tuesday to hear the new permit request.

In June, the company sought investors who had a minimum of $25,000 to raise the money needed to build the $3.6 million structure.

According to Harvest Returns’ website, the farm will generate 4.7 million fingerlings a year.

The project was approved by the Douglas County planning commissioners in December 2014.

The project would enclose more than six acres where European sea bass and barramundi would be raised in salt water.

A spokeswoman for the project said at the time that the fish won’t be genetically altered or fed hormones.

Supporters said the project won’t require any noise or light mitigation. The project will be served by a well and septic system.

In 2014, the growth ponds were described as a closed system designed to recover 96 percent of the water. The 20 or so ponds would require 100 acre feet of water to begin with, and then roughly 30 acre feet a year.

An acre foot equals 325,581 gallons, and is the amount of water it takes to cover one acre of land a foot deep.

When fully operational the plant will produce 3,500 tons of fish, according to the company.