|Scott Garwood of Cardinal Farms displays his barramundi which he grows|
Associated Press published an informative article today on Recirculating Aquaculture in the Midwest:
- Global consumption of seafood is outpacing wild fish populations
- The emerging trend of indoor aquaculture is "green" food production because there is a low chance that fish can spread disease or mutations into the wild.
- This can be done almost anywhere because temperature and water can be controlled.
- The market for land-grown fish is large and growing fast. The US imports 90% of the 4.5 billion pounds of seafood it consumes each year.
- Globally, aquaculture supplies 50% of all seafood produced.
"Land-based tank fish farming nearly eliminates fish manure runoff and water waste through use of water recirculating and treatment systems, he noted."
Aquaponics is a great next step because it can get rid of the word "nearly."