Fish populations are decreseing in alarming rates due to overfishing. Tuna populations are less than 3% of their orginal size (link), Salmon is an endangered species and the vast majority of popular fish and seafood that is sold in restaurants is on Greenpeace’s Red List (link). With a large percentage of humanity relying on fish as either a source of food or income – overfishing is a serious problem that effects urban and rural residents.
Fish Farming 2.0 – grow fish in “high tech” farms that provide a better environment for the fish, increases yield and generates co-benefits such as fertilizers and clean water.
- Aquamaof Aquaculture is an Israeli company that specializes in building and operating cutting edge land-based Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS).
- The company’s proprietary system allows it to control all relevant parameters to optimize fish growth and safety, including water temperature, dissolved oxygen, chemicals (NH4-N, NO2-N, NO3-N, ALK, P, K), pH, Total Dissolved Solids and more.
- The degree to which the company is able to control the fishs’ habitat allows it to provide the fish with toxic free, better-than-ocean, conditions that lead to naturally greater fish size (mass).
- Prior to the disposal of used water, the company extracts and composts the fishs’ waste, which is later sold as fertilizer, and filters the water to a degree that it is cleaner than the condition in which it was received from the utility.
Any one that either eats fish or relies on fish for their wellbeing, primarily:
- Consumers in developed countries that can buy the product.
- Fishermen and fisherwomen in developing countries, who will benefit from healthier fish populations.
- Ecotourism that will benefit from healthier ecosystems
While every farm-fish consumed is one less fish caught in the wild, the fish-farm industry must grow tremendously in scale in order to be able to mover the needle on overfishing.
Step 1 – AquaMaof should continue to diversify its product line and increase the number of fish species it can grow
Step 2 – Significantly increase its marketing and sales operations as well as look for additional ways to lower its costs (e.g. using renewable energy such as solar in their facilities)
Step 3 – Partner with large costumers such as grocery stores and restaurants that require premium products and become one of their key suppliers.
Company website – link
Response to Sylwia Zieba:
This is a cool solution! one of the things that I find interesting is that PROTEON is also involved in setting up a research and development institute to promote this field and render the use of Bacteriphage based solutions more mainstream.