With the average weight of Americans rising, the demand for low-fat, high-protein foods is higher than ever. Fish and fish protein are what people want. Although, choosing low-fat fish protein over mammal protein may be good for your waistline, it is resulting in widespread over fishing of wild fisheries. No need to say goodbye to spicy salmon rolls yet. Luckily there is a unique type of farming that will combat this issue! Continuously rising in popularity, aquaculture, also known as aquafarming and even more commonly known as fish farming, is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans, mollusks and aquatic plants. Aquaculture consists of three main practices: standard aquafarming, fish hatcheries and aquaponics. Each is used for different reasons and can be used for salt or fresh water animals, but all require a controlled environment.
Much like traditional agricultural farming, the more control a farmer has over the growing environment the more lucrative and better quality the end product will be. Although they’re not required, many aquaculture farmers turn to fabric structures to house their operations. This type of enclosed structure offers many benefits to this style of farming. ClearSpan Fabric Structures are a superior alternative to wood or steel buildings because they feature high sidewalls and clearances which allow maximum usable space for cultivation needs. Without interior support columns nothing will interfere with spawning and incubation tanks, rearing and broodstock troughs or raceways. Fabric structures provide healthy, fresh facilities with easily controlled environments. Fishy NICU
Fish hatcheries are facilities that hatch, raise and then release juvenile fish into the wild for recreational fishing. With this type of aquaculture, fish aren’t only raised for food, they can also be used to supplement a species’ natural population. Fabric structures are not only a cost-effective solution for this type of production, but they also provide excellent protection from predators. Protecting baby fish from being eaten not only decreases fish mortality rates, but reduces fish stress while promoting growth and uniform size. Hydroponics’ first cousin
Aquaponics combines the process of traditional aquafarming with hydroponic production. In aquaculture, fish waste accumulates in the water and because they are contained in a controlled environment, the waste has nowhere to go, so the toxicity for the fish is increased. By flowing the wastewater into a hydroponic system, the toxins are broken down by nitrogen-fixing bacteria produced by the plants. It is then filtered out by the plants acting as fertilizer and providing vital nutrients to the plants. The cleaned water is then recirculated back to the fish tanks.
Unlike traditional aquaculture housing, ClearSpan’s high-density, polyethylene covers protect holding tanks from precipitation, which, controls their temperature and water levels. More importantly, polyethylene is perfect for providing abundant natural light and ventilation, eliminating condensation and bacteria growth creating a healthy, fresh, cleaner facility – one that reduces disease and increases plant growth. For the sake of fish lovers everywhere
According to Global Aquaculture Production, aquafarming operations supply half of fish and shellfish directly consumed by humans. That being said if we want to keep consuming as much fish and shellfish as we want, it is important that aquaculture farmers seriously consider housing their farms in a fabric structure and more importantly, in a Hercules Truss Arch Building.
If you were an aquafarmer what type of fish would you like to farm?