One of the locations contemplated for Morgan is Sto, a fishing villlage in the north of Norway. Visser has spoken with fishing industry representatives there about potentially using surplus fish pen equipment. With a little creativity, she believes, fish farm pens could serve as a highly adaptable, and economical, sea pen solution, even for longer term use. "Not only can you expand on these pens, but you can daisy chain them together to make triangles and hexagons, with linking channels," she says. "The beauty of fish-farm style sea pens is that they are mobile. We've got to start thinking outside the box for these animals, and there are incredible companies out there that build sea pens for fish farming. No reason they can't be adapted for holding cetaceans, and they are built for very harsh environments to survive currents and storms."
But the cost of the pen is only the beginning. To handle her care, Morgan would need a team that could feed her, train her, and handle any medical issues. Jeff Foster, who worked extensively on the Keiko release project in Iceland and is a consultant to the Free Morgan Foundation, says Morgan would need a team that could feed her, train her, take care of her medical needs, and maintain the sea pen and all the ancillary equipment, like boats and an anchoring system. Ideally, he adds, someone would be on station at the pen 24-hours a day. That adds up to a full-time team of six to eight people, according to Foster. "Norway is very expensive. And with the cost of your pen, qualified staff, care and maintenance, you are probably looking at $600,000 at least for a year," he estimates. "If you do boat walks it adds up. And getting a supply of live fish is a huge cost."