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The keys to making land-based and offshore aquaculture work? Scale, scale, scale

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 07:50 (GMT + 9)

The following is an excerpt from an article published by the Global Aquaculture Advocate:

It’s not just about onshore or offshore – GOAL hears that aquaculture needs to steam ahead on all fronts for the sake of food security

This year’s GOAL began with keynote Dr. Peer Ederer, program and science director at the Global Food and Agribusiness Network (GFAN), advocating technology as a means to produce sufficient food in a responsible and efficient manner to feed a population of 10 billion people by 2050.

Fittingly, the conference closed with some of the leading pioneers of new aquaculture technologies waxing lyrical about the critical roles that land-based systems and production in deep waters can have in addressing what Ederer had dubbed the planet’s “most fundamental challenge.”

While aquaculture in near-shore waters has had stellar growth in past decades, the long-term constraints of access to suitable environments has long been on the industry’s radar. This knowledge paired with new technologies has brought new production solutions to the fore.

The benefits of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) are well documented: stable production, location versatility, lower dependency on medication and reduced exposure to disease and environmental threats. Not to be outdone, there are also many unique advantages to conducting fish farming in open ocean locations, including exposing the fish to strong currents that support growth and deal with waste, and taking operations from shoreline restrictions which in turn frees up precious coastal space.

Clockwise from top left: James Wright, GAA; Dick Jones, Blue Ocean Mariculture; Neil Sims, Ocean Era; Philip Schreven, De Maas SMC/Pan Ocean Aquaculture.(Photo: courtesy GAA)

Beyond these values, though, GOAL delegates heard that the biggest collective opportunity for both RAS and offshore aquaculture is to scale production and thereby increase the amount of precious seafood available to consumers.

“I think we all recognize it’s critically important that we scale seafood production from a planetary perspective and from a consumer health perspective,” offered Neil Sims, CEO at Ocean Era, an open-ocean mariculture technology start-up. “It’s so important that we grow this industry that we don’t have a luxury of betting on either red or black – we’ve got to push on all of the available levers. We have a global crisis where we desperately need seafood. We must scale in all ways that are sustainable.” (continued...)

Author: Jason Holland / Global Aquaculture Advocate | Read the rest of the story by clicking the link here

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