Saturday 13 December 2014

Land Based Fish Farming in the Midwest

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."

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