It appears that the CJE (and members of the Harlan Fiscal Court) have launched a new, aquaculture campaign at the Lynch fish hatchery. According to sources, Risk Management Director (Tony Felosi) has petitioned the fiscal court to begin marketing sea monkeys.
According to Felosi, this very inexpensive brine shrimp can be grown, harvested and packaged for export to U.S. markets. Felosi says that this can replace the beloved household pet, the dog for some, the household cat for others.
Felosi believes that, in these difficult economic times, Harlan Countians (as well as Americans) should be able to have the enjoyment of the family pet (pets) without having the cost incurred from expensive foods, vaccinations and veterinary bills, associated with the household pet.
The CJE, along with members of the fiscal court, agreed to provide funding to begin the harvesting and exportation of the brine ship, aka "Sea Monkey".
Felosi believes that Harlan County is "missing the boat" in this highly lucrative aquaculture market. According to Felosi's statistics, presented to the Harlan Fiscal Court, the cost of packaging and marketing the "Sea Monkey" would be extremely cheap, but the economic return would total in the hundreds of thousands in the first year of "Sea Monkey" marketing.
The CJE agreed with Felosi's findings, stating to those present that this new, emerging aquaculture market could provide dozens of high paying jobs for Harlan Countians.
Details of the business plan, which is to be submitted by Felosi to the fiscal court before the end of 2011, is rumored to cost county taxpayers an initial $250K.
However, the CJE and several members of the fiscal court believe this will fulfill a campaign promise, made by the CJE in 1998 (while a candidate for elected office) of bringing new, natural and emerging economic markets to Harlan County.
On a personal note, I can't wait to submit my application for a job at the fish hatchery harvesting "sea monkeys".