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Re: NFC: Fw: Aquaculture
<Is aquacultre a good thing?In other words, can farm grown fish provide humans with fish
to eat thereby relieving the pressure on wild stock?I am having a hard time getting a clear view of this
To get a better view on aquaculture and what it
can be, go pick up a copy of "From Eco-Cities to Living Machines" by Nancy Jack
Todd and John Todd. You can see how integration of aquaculture into society can
bypass great amounts of machinery that in the end results expel toxic waste
products. One example they use was in an experiment where a biological breakdown
system (an aquaculture system) was used to process waste water from a household,
eliminating the need for a waste water treatment plant.
Relieving pressure off commercial fisheries,
speaking from my position I hold in the U.S. Coast Guard inspecting commercial
fishing vessels, I can say no... I have not encountered a single commercial
fisherman in my AOR that has converted from commercial fishing to an aquaculture
based system. Two common quotes I hear from them are (draw your own
conclusions from where their train of thought is...) "It is too technical and
expensive" and "Who would like to buy a fish that swims in its own excrements
all day". Nice logic huh? The only pressure relief is regulatory agencies
and their rulebooks.
Now from the other end of the spectrum, look at
tropical fish farming. It relieves pressure off wild stocks, but the fish
are utilized for a different purpose. In lower harvesting numbers compared
fishing operations of the world as a whole. If it wasn't for aquaculturists
there would not be so many varieties of tropical fish, look at the varieties of
a fancy guppy, without all genetic mapping and selected breeding we wouldn't
have so many varieties to chose from.
Aquaculture just hasn't caught on yet on
(as a whole or an industry, like American beekeeping) its not trendy
or recognized like it should be. I am all for it and can see benefits on the
horizon, but in reality it will take lots of legislation and enforcement
policies to scale back commercial fisheries harvesting to make aquaculture more
viable. Then again look at aquacultureists that bring back endangered
I don't think anyone can legitimately say it is a
bad thing. Unless you start dumping your exotic over breeding into the local
lakes, ditches, ponds and streams (or allow them to accidentally escape into
such). That's a whole other topic for another day.......
Be safe and happy fish hunting....
"Aquaculture is a durn good