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Transcript of Why Aquaculture
Three Primary Techniques
$11.2 Billion Trade Deficit
Methods of Aquaculture
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Aquaculture has potential to cut poverty, combat food insecurity – UN report
What is Recirculating Aquaculture?
Closed Containment Solution
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization projects that a 100% increase in fish farming, is necessary over the next ten years to maintain current demand.
Without growth in the aquaculture industry, the world will face a seafood shortage of 150 million tons by 2025.
Traditional fish stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of all sea fisheries and the rate of decline is accelerating at the same time that demand is growing.
Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) operate by filtering water from the fish tanks so it can be reused within the tank. This dramatically reduces the amount of water and space required to intensively produce seafood products. The steps in RAS include solids removal, ammonia removal, Co2 removal and oxygenation.
The US is the leading global importer of fish and fishery products, with 91% of the seafood we eat originating abroad - half of which is from aquaculture
Increased supplies of organic matter from uneaten food and feces leads to algal blooms. This, along with the decomposition process leads to oxygen depleted dead zones
Spread of Disease
Incubation of local diseases and parasites have caused collapses of wild fish populations
Introduction of Alien Species
Fish escapes of genetically modified or non-native species have polluted the natural gene pool
Antibiotics, hormones, pigments, herbicides, parasiticides and antifouling agents used in aquaculture pose environmental and food safety issues
Benefits of RAS
Protection from parasites and disease
Eliminates the use of vaccines, antibiotics and pesticides
Controls and treats all waste material
High in nutrients, the waste can be utilized as a valuable organic fertilizer
Generates weekly harvests providing stable supply of fresh product
Accelerated growth rates
Provides secure working conditions for staff
Farms can be located anywhere
Corn Protein Concentrate
Breakthrough in Fishmeal Replacement
From Waste to Feed
During a fishing trip, well-known geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki pondered the sustainability of aquaculture diets with entrepreneur Brad Marchant. Brad asked him, "what would be better?" David pointed to the end of his fishing pole and said, "why not insects?"
Sustainable Aquaculture Diets
Enterra partners with Taplow Feeds
Dr. Brad Hicks
After perfecting their production system, Enterra partnered with world renowned nutritionist Dr. Brad Hicks of Taplow Feeds to produce sustainable salmonid diets.
Taplow Feeds is currently the only manufacturer of organic salmonid diets in North America
John Holder Sr
Biologist and System Designer
JLH Consulting Inc.
Holder is a registered professional biologist in the Province of British Columbia and he graduated from the University of Guelph in 1973. He started his aquaculture career in that same year. He has had extensive experience with fresh water systems dealing with Salmonids and he can be considered an expert in this field. He has worked and consulted for aquaculture companies in five continents and he has his own consulting firm - JLH Consulting Inc.
Dr Brad Hicks
Executive Vice President
Dr. Hicks holds degrees in Fish and Wildlife Biology, Veterinary Medicine and Fish Pathology and is a certified fisheries scientist and registered professional biologist. He has published numerous articles on fish health, fish farm management and the politics of fish farming. During the 1990s he helped to build and manage a profitable publicly traded fish farming company with farming operations in BC, Ontario, Maine, Florida and Chile which raised five different fish species.
Dr. Hicks is presently a partner in a privately held Canadian feed company with operations in BC and with sales in several regions of Canada, USA, Japan, Korea, Spain, Portugal, Chile and the Czech Republic. Dri. Hicks is the founder and current Chair of the Pacific Organic Seafood Association, has participated on several Association Boards and was a founder of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance.
Aquacare Environment Inc.
Dr Gary Chapman
President NATI Inc.
Gatz is an expert on developing cost-effective solutions to aquaculture industry water treatment, and an authority on closed-system mariculture. Aquacare Environment Inc. supplies controlled environment aquaculture technology to the aquaculture industry. Aquacare specializes in intensive land-based controlled environment aquaculture systems. Aquacare can develop, design, and supply complete fish farms for clients worldwide, and can supply cost effective prefabricated system components to existing farms.
Dr. Chapman is an environmental biologist who has extensive experience in the effects of water quality on aquatic life. Dr. Chapman is also the founder and President of NATI Inc., an intensive land-based RAS tilapia farm in Ontario, Canada.
Currently, Dr. Chapman employs himself as project manager to assist other land-based RAS projects
"Monterey Bay Aquarium announces "Best-Choice" ranking for land-based salmon farms"
Animal by-product free