E-fish-ency and sustainability
Aquaculture is very much akin to agriculture, but is used instead for marine life. Aquaculture can involve either fish farming or wild-caught fish. Farm-raised fish are increasing in popularity, it allows the fish to be grown in a net where they can be monitored and bred in a controlled environment – much like having pens on farms, schools of fish are contained in large circular nets. Aquaculture is possible to conduct on land too, as long as there is saltwater.
Wild-caught fish on the other hand, are a lot healthier for human consumption but can be a threat to the health of our oceans as well as wild fish populations. Fish are caught in nets and dragged away from their habitat, disturbing not only themselves but also other marine life surrounding them.
With seafood farms, we are able to reduce and minimise the number of fish being consumed and ocean ecosystems being damaged. Aquaculture is slowly replenishing these fish populations, in between 1990 to 2018 the growth rate increased to 537%.
Not only does can aquafarming benefit the environment, but also the economy. The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fishers and Forestry states that in between 2019 to 2020, more than 10,000 people were employed in wild-catch fisheries and 7,000 join the aquaculture sector.
Walking the plank-ton
In some cases, aquaculture could potentially do more harm than good with some ethical issues taken into account. Similar to standard agriculture, aquaculture involves the use of pesticides which can be harmful for the fish, but also the fish can be prone to toxicity if the nets are not cleaned properly and there are remaining fish feed pellets or even fish waste. In addition, although aquafarming greatly benefits the environment, sometimes it can be quite damaging as some mangroves are removed to make room for fish farms.
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