Organic, non-GMO, fish sustainably sourced from your local fish tank

Sustainability issue

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.

The solution

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.

The Technology

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  • 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.

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Stakeholders

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

Implementation

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.

Turning Climate Pollution Into Fish Feed

 

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Area of focus: Safety and Health

Description:

Overfishing is a global issue that causes environmental and social problems. From an environment standpoint, it not only affects fish stocks around the world which are declining at an alarming rate but also represent an important source of water pollution due to massive fishing boats deployed in various locations. Those big scale exploitations then affect small scale fishermen by decreasing the amounts of fish reaching the coasts. Also, a lot of fish caught by the bigger boats are exported, leaving local population with a reduced quantity of food available.

One of the drivers of overfishing is the need for small fish used as feed (usually for bigger fish productions and livestock).  As the Fast Company’s article mentions : “NovoNutrients wants to replace that fish food with something more sustainable: microbes grown with carbon dioxide”.

The company uses carbon dioxide to feed microbes that become protein used for animal feed production. A pipe is connected to water where the gases are dissolved.

During the process, Hydrogen is also being produced thru (solar-powered) hydrolyse which helps power the installation.

Sources:

https://www.novonutrients.com/

https://www.fastcompany.com/40480856/this-startup-turns-climate-pollution-into-fish-feed

http://www.allaboutfeed.net/New-Proteins/Articles/2017/8/More-fish-meal-but-growing-interest-in-alternatives-165917E/?cmpid=NLC%7Callaboutfeed%7C2017-08-02%7CMore_fish_meal,_but_growing_interest_in_alternatives#comments

 

Stakeholders :

  • Animal feed manufacturing companies
  • Livestock and aquaculture farms
  • Government officials

Implementation:

  • Research countries with the highest concentration of aquaculture farms
  • Approach farmers to show them the product
  • Work with government officials to integrate the use of the product in best management practice guides for farmers

Other technology:  Fighting fire with math and maps (https://blog.nature.org/science/2016/08/03/technology-to-the-rescue-for-foresters-in-the-thick-of-it/)

This technology is interesting as it could help cities with diseases spreading among trees. By mapping the type of trees available around the city, officials would be able to better diversify the kind of new trees planted making “greening” efforts more efficient.