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Conduct a Gulf Fisheries Improvement Project to attain Marine Stewardship Certification and build an innovative, no-waste processing plant that produces multiple value-added products including fish fillets, omega-3 fish oil and fishmeal


  • Public health
  • Quality of life
  • Public education
  • Local economy
  • Environment, Culture, Innovative Technology

Increased Florida sustainable seafood production improves the economy and the environment. The closed-loop fishery is a job-creating, tax-paying business creating multiple seafood products that preserves Florida's fishing heritage


Healthy Earth Gulf Coast Update 5

Posted Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:53

Healthy Earth Gulf Coast Update 4

Posted Mon, 10/05/2015 - 13:19

Healthy Earth Gulf Coast Update 3

Posted Fri, 09/18/2015 - 16:30

Healthy Earth Gulf Coast Update 2

Posted Mon, 09/07/2015 - 19:42

Property Identified and Initial Meeting with Manatee County

Posted Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:36

Healthy Earth-Gulf Coast (HEGC) is excited to have found a property in the Cortez area well suited and properly zoned for its state of the art multi-use processing facility.  HEGC has agreed to terms with the Seller for the purchase of the property and the Contract is in the final stage of drafting and should be executed in the near future.  On August 4, Thomas Biddinger and Chris Cogan had a confidential planning meeting arranged by the Manatee County Economic Development Program Manager with the Manatee County Rapid Response Team.  Members from the following departments were present: Planning, Transportation, Flood Zone, Stormwater, Environmental Planning, Historic Preservation and Fire District. Significant progress was made outlining the steps that will need to be taken to get the project approved by the county. All participants were very positive about the project and in fact, one staff official said his 24 year-old son was a commercial fisherman and that he will be thrilled to hear about our plans once they are able to be disclosed to the public.