Fish-Farming Innovations

by earnlat

For years we have heard how global over-fishing has been depleting fish stock of many species of fish in our oceans. How can we as a global society address this problem?

Several companies' innovations are attempting to show the world, how to respect the oceans and simultaneously provide the fish needed to continue feeding our ever growing global population. In this article, I will highlight one organization that has specifically caught my attention. Fish-farms or Aquaculture dates back to ancient China, hundreds of years BC. The practice was followed by countries throughout the world in the ensuing years. Today, there are many solutions to raise fish for food, and fish protein for supplements to balance diets.

The arguments surrounding these innovations, wild fish vs. farm-raised fish, has been around for nearly as long as the process has been. Are farm-raised fish as nutritious as their cousins raised in the wild? While raising fresh-water fish, such as tilapia may seem to be easier to cultivate in fresh-water cages and/or ponds, raising salt-water fish is clearly a separate issue. Factually, fish caught in the wild have a higher content of omega 3 fatty acids. As more people are taking diet and nutrition seriously, fish and their by-products are becoming increasingly important. Scientist continue to study the true benefits, and the nutritional value of fish as a substitute for other meat products.

Present Day Fish-Farms

photo by Creative Commons

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0I've always shied away from the neighborhood's market for my fish purchases. I prefer fish that has never been frozen, and farm-raised seafood was never really attractive to me. Keeping fish in coolers on ice, until I consume them, has been my methodology. I've been fishing and eating my fresh catch since I was a little boy. Years later, after learning all about the practice of aquaculture, and the various arguments surrounding the concept, I remain faithful to eating the fish that I catch. An organization called Open Blue, has begun to change my perspective, in terms of the methods they are employing to farm fish.

Throughout the years the arguments pro and con about this food producing process have steadily raged on. We can all agree the idea of providing healthy food for an ever-growing global population is necessary. However, the idea of breeding and harvesting these fish in shallow ponds and coastal cages and nets, cause some negative by-products. Utilizing fish-feed and other types of nourishments and chemicals, may affect other sea-life and waterways. The mere fact that these fish-farms must maintain their stock within a closed area, means that disease can spread quickly, and may spread to the wild population. Perhaps, governments will recognize the shear importance of these programs and avail more protection to the farmers in terms of legislation and funding. Technology would get more attention and the industry would continue to get better, stronger and safer.  Furthermore, the practice of fish-farming may in fact create jobs and business opportunities worldwide.

New technologies emerging worldwide!

Check out this video

The Open Blue Approach to fish-farming!

The incredible Cobias!

Open Blue, is emerging as the foremost architect in open ocean fish-farming. By creating an environment in the deep blue sea, they are producing healthy, safe and eco-friendly conditions to enhance this ancient practice. They are currently raising an incredibly hardy and delicious fish called a cobia. Deep-sea fishermen have been chasing these extremely powerful fish for years. However, I'm relatively sure most dinner tables have had little to no real contact with these fish. As a fish-food aficionado and ocean lover, this evolution in fish-farming is truly exciting for me! The white and succulent meat of these fish (cobia) trade primarily in the high-end seafood industry and are premium sushi-quality fish. In the wild these fish grow to be six feet in length, and about 150 pounds.  At first glance they may resemble sharks, until they are viewed in natural light. Their small brown scales, make way to a white underside, totally distinguishing them from sharks.  Cobia have significant jaw strength and are also call "crabeaters". Clearly, fish high in omega 3 fatty acids are extremely important for our global population, and raising cobias will help add to that market. This form of polyunsaturated fatty acids help to protect humans against arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers to name a few.

  photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Female cobia

Open Blue Will change Fish-farming forever!

What took us so long?

Which do you prefer, wild fish vs. farm raised fish?

I'd like to know what you think?


Some excellent reading about fish-farming.

Do you enjoy fresh-fish?
Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of aquaculture and hydro...

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Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking

Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking is a book that simplifies, once and for all, the process of preparing fish. Organized in an easy-reference, A-Z format, Fish gives...

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Fish farming; for pleasure and profit

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were...

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Fish Farming

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The Omega-3 Miracle: The Icelandic Longevity Secret That Offers Super Protection Against Heart Di...

The Omega-3 Miracle is the secret to longevity. The people of Iceland have less heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke than those of any other country. In fact, they outl...

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Other great fish by-products.

Garden of Life Oceans 3 - Healthy Hormones, 90 softgels

Oceans 3™ Healthy Hormones™ Any woman dealing with changing hormones either on a monthly basis or as time marches on, doesn’t need to be told about the associated issues. Oceans...

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Norwegian Gold Super Critical Omega - 60 - Softgel

Norwegian Gold Super Critical Omega Ultra-concentrated, High-EPA Formula Provides Powerful Total-body Support Beneficial Essential Fatty Acids Ultra-concentrated Omega-3 fish oi...

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Vital Nutrients Liquid "RS" (Regular Strength) Ultra-Pure Fish Oil 200ml

Ultra Pure Fish Oil "RS" (Regular Strength) is formulated to provide a higher concentration of EPA and DHA per softgel. Fish oil provides protection and maintenance of the norma...

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Aquaculture Sub - 24"W x 18"H - Peel and Stick Wall Decal by Wallmonkeys

WallMonkeys wall graphics are printed on the highest quality re-positionable, self-adhesive fabric paper. Each order is printed in-house and on-demand. WallMonkeys uses premium ...

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Updated: 04/08/2013, earnlat
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Tilapia Fish Farming on 11/14/2012

Very nice and informative blog posting. Among all the fish, tilapia fish is Awesome! Farming this fish is very profitable and easy. I like this fish very much for it's unique taste and value.

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