Sustainable Aquaculture Is it Possible?

20 Oct 2021 11:34 AM Comment(s) By Aqgromalin Team

It has been a challenging second decade of the 21st century for all of us. From the Corona virus wreaking havoc on the global economy to climate change modifying the landscape of our planet, the need for sustainability in breeding practices has become imperative.

The damage caused by these factors does not end with humans. There are also frequent changes in ecosystems that is bound to affect land and marine life. And there is no denying that in order to progress, humans will need to safeguard the ability of environment to support life; now and in the future.




 

Are we doing our best?

“Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are at concentrations that have not been seen for a very long time, not anytime in human history.”

 

We now face the monumental task of feeding over 8 billion people. With more and more people realizing the role of diet in increasing life spans, Aquaculture is a key aspect of food security that experts say could save human erosion. When practiced sustainably, Aquaculture an important part of the solution.

 

Seafood, in general, can be produced with much less of an environmental impact and at a lower monetary cost than most terrestrial sources of animal protein. The challenge is to ensure that it is being done in a truly sustainable manner.

 

The definition of the term “sustainable,” in itself seems to be grey. When used with other terms like green, eco, etc.,  the true meaning of the word has diluted.

 

The meaning of sustainability in aquaculture

 

What do Aqua culturists consider sustainable practice and can it be implemented? The common definition of sustainability is  “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

 

It is not an altogether difficult task to define some area of the farmable area towards the collection, sedimentation, and treatment of waste matter to reuse. There could be associated costs, but without it, Aquaculture will cease to be sustainable.  In this field of fish farming, production should not adversely impact the ability of subsequent generations to use a similar method to continue to indulge in this process.

 

However, sustainable aquaculture is not all that easy and does face a few challenges:

1. Since this practice is as old as farming itself, cultural practices are prevalent and they have become standard operating procedures. This is counterproductive to profitability and productivity.

2. Production practices that negatively impact the ecosystem depletes the ability of the area’s profitability. The best example of this would be water being discharged is routinely heavily polluted with waste.

3. Every aspect of the aquaculture practice has its drawbacks and needs to be worked on as a single problem. No one solution can fix all the others.

4. Keeping a check on the rate of failure and unprofitable practices is also equally important in order to be sustainable for future production capacity.

In conclusion, while sustainable aquaculture is definitely implementable and imperative to practice, a number of factors are to be considered and set in place before production starts. If you are new to this field and are looking to start a farm, ensure you budget for sustainable practices to survive into the future. 


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