Raising fish at homemade ponds or tanks can benefit every individual or families. Locally grown fish can be a steady source of delicious protein and other nutrition coming from fish. In the past decade, fish farming in small scales is gaining popularity rapidly. Among other benefits, raising your own fish can reduce your food costs and most of all; it gives you a fresh supply of sea-food. Other benefits of fish farming are listed below.
Preservation of ecosystem
Fish farming reduces the pressure on catching wild fish. Therefore, the natural ecosystem and wild fish is preserved. When fish is raised in tanks, they can be picked up when they are ready to be eaten or sold, so the school of fish in the oceans stays intact and retains natural ecosystem.
Controlling supply and demand
Fish farm can be large or big, according to the market demands, or ability of the farmers. They can also control the supply or demand by picking up more fish when the demand is high. This would also reduce the dependency on wild fish and keeping the balance in ecosystem undisturbed.
Creating more jobs
Global fish farming can be a profitable business, and therefore, jobs for farmers around the world will also grow. About 1 billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein, and therefore job related to fish farming will also increase in the future.
Nutrition Value From Fish Farms
Fish grown in farms are fresher and better tasting than the ones you will buy at the supermarket. The fish that you grow in your farm will be grown by feeding them fully natural food, and in their natural habitat, without use of any GMO or any other toxic chemicals, either as insecticide, or as fertilizer when growing food for fish. GMO has been linked with severe health conditions, including cancer, and research and debates are still going on regarding the safety and potential hazards associated with eating GMO or feeding products growth with GMO to the animals.
Sustainable fish farming
By producing fish in sustainable methods, we will be using the resources with responsibility and in the right way without negatively impacting the ecosystem or the environment. Sustainable fish farming also means that if you maintain the ecological balance, you will be able to produce a good supply of food and other benefits from your farm almost as long as you live. There is almost no need to rely on any kind of carbon emitting or bio depleting energy sources to run your fish farm successfully. Many alternative reusable power sources are now also available for sustainable farming. You may be able to use your own power generators by using solar panels, or wind turbines very easily to power your fish farm.
Recently, we are witnessing a change in the way we think about growing food. We are often faced with debates and controversies, about how or what type of polices should we adopt when in comes to meeting the future demand for food. The question also arises regarding the methods of farming. Should we use chemicals? Is GMO the answer to the global food production? We have already made great damages to the ecosystem through our industrialization and creating our carbon footprint on the environment. Do we really need to grow food in any other way to get more yields? Do we need toxic products to get rid of the pests? Benefits of organic fish farming are plenty, and you have no choice but to stay with organic fish farming for sustainability.
Related articles and resources:
- Reusable Energy Sources -Environmental And Economic Issues | Environmental Professionals Network
- Sustainable Systems For Fish Farming – Managing Pests & diseases | WorldWide Aquaculture
- GMO – The Dangers Of Consuming & Producing Genetically Modified Food | Sustainable Livestock Nutrition