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Meet J. Michael Mogollon of EarthCare Aquaculture and Aquadventure in Weston

Today we’d like to introduce you to J. Michael Mogollon.

J. Michael, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Since I can remember, I have been fascinated with all things aquatic, especially the beauty and grace of fish. Later as I pondered what career to pursue, Aquaculture seemed a natural fit: I would be surrounded by my favorite animals while producing a clean food for others. As I grew older and became aware that our diets greatly influence our health and that our food supplies are full of harmful compounds that are hidden in our established ways of producing food, producing clean seafood became my goal. My science training in first Biology and then Aquaculture has allowed me to design production systems where the fish can thrive and no harmful chemicals (antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, etc…) are ever needed or used.

Those goals gave rise to EarthCare Aquaculture, a producer of sustainable seafood in South Florida. We have 2 missions:

•your health, and

•the health of the planet.

We believe that everyone in America deserves healthy food and that eating healthy is fundamental to enjoying the rest of what life offers; without health, little else matters. In this age of globalization, our food supply comes from many parts of the world and it is often laden with harmful chemicals, banned antibiotics, grown in unsanitary conditions and even in some cases produced or processed by unscrupulous operators that, at best pay unfair wages and at worst, use forced labor. We are the trustworthy alternative to your fish needs.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing is ever smooth in business or in life. I have tried some things that have not worked, but most have been successful enough to encourage me to continue to improve. Regardless, the road has always been fun and profoundly interesting. Knowing some basic biological principals allows one to understand ( and marvel) at these greatly interwoven phenomena we call nature. A fish tank is just a microcosm of this broader world and understanding the causes and effects at play in a fish tank is great schooling to understanding the broader dynamics affecting our planetary environment and why we need to fight to protect it.

Please tell us about EarthCare Aquaculture and Aquadventure.
We are firm believers in Biotechnology. We have developed and Earth Friendly process that combines the power of the Sun (all our fish are grown under greenhouses), the incredible productivity of microalgae and the balancing effect of pro-biotic microorganisms to produce an all natural and an environmentally sustainable product. As Biologists, we have used our scientific knowledge to developed proprietary fish husbandry techniques that allow us to use nature’s processes in favor of our unique fish. We use less energy and less food than any other farm we know. We believe in taking care of our planet and we use the power of science to produce a healthy food at the highest biological efficiencies. This is NATURE’S WAY.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
As early as 5 years old, my dad would take me up to the frigid mountain peaks in Colombia where trophy-sized rainbow trout lived unmolested from fishing pressure. It would be very cold. My dad would sit me up on a big rock by the lake’s edge and put a rod in my hand he had baited with a grasshopper, while he waded out into the deeper part of the water, with chest-high rubber waders, to cast his flyfishing pole. We always landed beautiful silvery rainbows with shiny red sides, that we would enjoy later in the week at dinner. The air was so cold you could almost bite it. Sips of hot soup from a thermos kept us going when the cold or drizzle would start to be too much. I always slept on the ride back, exhausted from the cold and cozied-up under a blanket in the back seat of that ’57 Ford.

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