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The World Has a Crisis in Our Oceans

         The salmon industry has already decimated anchovies to near extinction and will totally deplete them within the next two years. The industry has now built a 118 million dollar krill catching and on-board processing vessel. The boat is designed to swallow schools of krill and grind them up for oil for salmon food. Krill are the beginning of the food chain, the start of the ocean ecosystem.  Krill and anchovies and other small fish, keep seals, penguins, whales, and all other ocean dwellers who eat them to live comfortably. Without them and all other small oceanic creatures, the entire ocean ecosystem would collapse.  Now the ocean faces a competitor; 

a machine that is never satisfied.

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SOS is attempting a huge undertaking. Our mission is to produce camelina as a source of oil and meal as the sustainable alternative to live fish oil to feed salmon. Camelina oil and meal is a solution that GENOME who engineered and completed the study making camelina a feed source for salmon. Camelina oil and meal is a sustainable, renewable source of feed for salmon and other fish. The quantity necessary of camelina is HUGE and it has to be a cost effective alternative that provides nutrition, protein and growth. In a world with dwindling natural resources we must consider our most efficient options. A plant that is renewable, sustainable, hardy, and easy to grow anywhere. Camelina has been used in medieval times for lamp oil. It has high thermal properties and burns very easily. Transesterification is a process that turns camelina oil to jet fuel. Twenty-eight tactical jets are rated to use camelina jet fuel by the Navy.

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SOS and The Big Sky Camelina Research Lab and Testing Facility has reached out to several Canadian agriculturists and affiliates to combine and expand research and development of new strains of camelina. The research for improved seed needs to be reinvented. Every day that we do not have an alternative to fish oil is another day that billions of the small fish of the ocean ecosystems are being fed to salmon. The European salmon industry is non-GMO.  North America, Central America and South America accept GMO products. Half  the world can feed renewable, sustainable, and cost effective feed to salmon with added ingredients that can provide the same nutrients as salmon get from krill with additional benefits to enhance growth and well being.  This opens up the door to research and development of renewable, sustainable, and cost effective feed for salmon.  

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The 22 trillion dollar salmon industry does not have a solid strategy. The industry does not have a plan on limiting the harvesting of small fish nor does it have a donation program to help the world population's famine that is happening now. This is a huge yet necessary proposal. If we start now it is possible to make a difference that might be able to make a really big impact.  All donations will be acknowledged and included in the annual report of progress.  This will help to keep all the creatures you see here to survive.

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This is a huge, yet necessary proposal.  In order for SOS to be a successful story of events, a facility to house the equipment necessary to process camelina must include a laboratory to research, develop and test new strains of seed. This includes the staff of professional and technical persons necessary to oversee the operation. Control of the camelina seed must include the planting, growing, testing and crossbreeding to develop the best characteristics necessary to provide enhanced feed in the great wheat triangle starting in Great Falls, Montana.