Fish farming and aquaponics are gaining popularity rapidly because of the increasing demands of protein and health benefits of fish. If we depend on wild fish alone, most of our fish will be gone by the year 2050 if we don’t start aquaponic fishing. But many of us don’t know some of the facts about fish farming or fish farmers. In case you don’t have an idea of how a fish farmer works, here are some facts about fish farming given below.
Fact #1: Fish is a major source of protein for over one billion people around the world, especially in the developing countries. In America, the awareness of protein from fish consumption and other health benefits from fish and fish farming is rapidly growing, making fish farming a profitable business.
Fact #2: Over 70% of the world’s wild fish stock has been exploited or depleted due to over fishing, and therefore, fish farming or aquacultured fish has become a necessity, which is quickly stepping up to ensure that the demands for fresh fish for human consumptions are well met. While fish farming in sustainable methods are perfectly eco-friendly and equally profitable, there are many fish farms that are utilizing methods which are harmful and hazardous for the environment, and there ought to be more regulations in this sector.
Fact # 3: Some of the large scale commercial fish farms force the fish to live in smaller areas than what they would naturally be in. These conditions may be unhealthy for normal fish growth, and the waste as well as the food which is not consumed by the fish makes the water extremely polluted, giving rise to illnesses, diseases, infections and so on. Use of unregulated antibiotics can further deplete the environment that fish live in.
Fact #4: Many of the chemicals banned from the United States are used in other countries as pesticides, food, or disease control methods. Due to lack of monitoring and regulations in some other countries, these chemicals can get introduced in the food chain, and may make their way into our dinner table.
Fact #5: Some fish farmers raise fish in net pens, which are highly at risk and susceptible to predators. When the net is ripped and fish escape, it causes eco-system to become highly imbalanced.
Fact#6: Tilapia is one of the most useful fish for sustainable fish farming. Because they are herbivorous, there is no need to feed them large amount of fish byproducts, and they can be raised in large fish tanks, rather than in a pond.
Fact#7: one of the most destructive types of fish farming is shrimp farming. Mangrove forests, which provide food and other resources for the coastal areas and protect the coastline is often occupied by large areas of shrimp farming, often destroying the mangrove forests in the coastal regions. Shrimp fish farmers raise the salinity of surrounding water and soil, making it unsuitable for regular agriculture.
Fact#8: Raising carnivorous fish such as salmon can be high maintenance for the fish farmers. For every pound of salmon, they need to feed it 2-5 pounds of other fish.
Fact#9: Sea food such as clams, scallops, mussels, and so on is actually highly eco-friendly and act as filters for water because they are fiber eaters. They make the eco-system cleaner, and they are also easier to contain because of their lack of mobility.
Fact#10: Recirculating Aquaculture is actually the most eco-friendly system of agriculture because it reuses all resources, minimizes waste of water and other resources and has least negative impact on the environment.
Hope you enjoyed reading about these interesting facts. Please share this article if you enjoyed reading it and let others know about some of the most interesting facts about aquaculture and fish farming!
Source: WorldWide Aquaculture
wish to get technical data and information on cage farming in fresh water lakes. how to get materials for cage nets etc
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I’m alexis I’m doing a school project and I need a lot of info on fish hactchery’s the project is about what do we want to do when we oler I want to have my own fish hatchery and its been a dream of mine and i would like your help
I’m very interested with the information of fish farming. With me l’m proposing a project of fish farming in Lake Victoria. I have no experience in fish farming industry. I need your advice. I would like to share information with you.
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Thank u very much for this basic facts about fish farming.
I want to start fish farming in ponds. What is the best method of fish farming and what species of fish are the best apart from tilapia that u mentioned in the write-up?
Thanks for your comment! I can tell you are dedicated to aquaculture. I’m not the expert, but will pass your question along to Dr. Wayne Dorband. We have a very cool program that is free right now called the Ecolonomic Action Team (EAT) where we teach people how to “Make Money Making the Planet Better”. You can join that coaching/teaching/mentoring/networking program by going to ceed.mykajabi.com.
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What would be the best way to start a fish farm?
Thanks for your question. It is a good one. I cannot answer it directly without getting more information from you. However, we have a site where you can get much information about fish farming and all other kinds of agriculture and what we call ecolonomic living (http://ecolonomics.org). That site is http://www.eatcommunity.com. We will be making you a FREE Member of that site and then we can communicate with you easily about your fish farming questions. On that site there is a questionnaire you can fill out to tell us about your aquaculture interests and even schedule a time to talk with us. I hope this has been helpful and keep up your aquaculture dreams! You are helping make the planet better.
Thanks I’m a student and I happy to read your facts on this site I also need more information on fish farming I live in nigeria students of animals production in college of agriculture jalingo taraba state of nigeria
We certainly can help you with your aquaculture consulting needs. Here are several things we can do for you. First, we are going to make you a FREE member of our site where we teach courses and have live webinars about all kinds of aquaculture and agriculture. That site is called http://www.eatcommunity.com and you will get an email with login instructions.
Second, one of our staff will contact you and see about scheduling a brief FREE call or skype (for outside US) conversation. He will coordinate the timing for us.
Finally, on the http://www.eatcommunity.com site there is a questionnaire you should fill out to tell us a little about your aquaculture interests and needs. Please fill that out.
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Thanks for the info about my greatly desired fish farming.
I have a 3 acres of land with flowing water source in Masindi and I wish to put fish ponds,however,I lack resources to implement this project.
I am looking at it in a bigger picture,I think of two 100×100 ponds.
Is there a way I can be connected to business partners with the same business interest to join me in this?
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