Why is Aquaculture important?

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Demand for inland fish around the world is at an all-time high. The oceans are overfished and supplies of certain species are near depletion. Aquaculture is the fastest-growing sector in primary food production, and it’s no wonder, because fish have an incredible feed-to-protein production rate of 1-to-1 (much higher than other farmed animals), making them the ultimate protein source for human consumption. It is expected that by 2030, aquaculture will be producing over half of the world’s supply of fish.

By 2030, aquaculture will be producing over half of the world’s supply of fish.

Inland aquaculture has the power to produce sustainable, healthy and clean fish with little impact to the earth and its natural resources, offering tangible benefits including:

  • Conservation of wild stocks
  • Protection from agricultural herbicide and pesticide
  • Less contamination from heavy metals, PCBs, dioxin or other environmental contaminants
  • Ability to employ “just in time” (JIT) processing

Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) in particular provide a truly sustainable method of culturing fish. Water is treated and recirculated to be used again, saving 90% of the water required by traditional aquaculture systems.

There is little doubt – aquaculture will play a critical role in providing a sustainable food source for the world over the coming years. To learn more about aquaculture and how you can be involved in this explosive industry, contact us today.