fish farming

Aquaculture is the farming of fish , crustaceans , molluscs , aquatic plants, algae , and other aquatic organisms. Aquaculture involves cultivating freshwater and saltwater populations under controlled conditions, and can be contrasted with commercial fishing , which is the harvesting of wild fish . [2] It is less commonly spelled aquaculture [3] ), and is also known as aquafarming . Mariculture refers to aquaculture practices in marine environments and in underwater habitats.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) , aquaculture is defined to mean the farming of aquatic organisms including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants. , feeding, protection from predators, etc. Farming also implies individual ownership of the stock being cultivated. ” [4] The reported output of global aquaculture operations in the United States is directly consumed by humans; [5] [6] however, there are issues about the reliability of the reported figures. [7]Further, in current practice aquaculture products from Several pounds of wild fish are used to Produce One pound of a piscivorous fish like salmon . [8]

Particular types of aquaculture include fish farming , shrimping farming , oyster farming , mariculture , algaculture (such as seaweed farming ), and the cultivation of ornamental fish . Particular methods include aquaponics and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture , both of which integrate fish farming and aquatic plant farming.


The indigenous Gunditjmara people in Victoria , Australia , may have reached as early as 6000 BC. Evidence indicates They Developed about 100 km 2 (39 sq mi) of volcanic floodplains in the vicinity of Lake Condah into a complex of channels and dams, and used woven traps to capture eels , and preserve em to eat all year round. [9] [10]

Aquaculture was operating in China circa 2500 BC. [11] When the waters subsided after river floods, some fish, mainly carp, were trapped in lakes. Early aquaculturists fed their broods using nymphs and silkworm feces, and ate them. A Fortunate genetic mutation of carp led to the emergence of goldfish During the Tang dynasty .

Japanese cultivated seaweed by providing bamboo poles and, later, nets and oyster shells to serve as anchoring surfaces for spores .

Romans bred fish in ponds and farmed oysters in coastal lagoons before 100 CE. [12]

In central Europe, early Christian monasteries adopted Roman aquacultural practices. [13] Aquaculture spread in Europe during the Middle Ages since the sea and the big rivers, fish had to be salted so they did not rot. [14] Improvements in transportation during the 19th century, and inland areas, making aquaculture less popular. The 15th century fishponds of the Trebon Basin in the Czech Republic are maintained at UNESCO World Heritage Site . [15]

Hawaiians constructed oceanic fish ponds . A remarkable example is a fish pond dating from at least 1,000 years ago, at Alekoko. Legend says that it was constructed by the mythical Menehune dwarf people. [16]

In first half of 18th century, German Stephan Ludwig Jacobi experimented with external fertilization of brown trouts and salmon . He wrote an article “Von der künstlichen Erzeugung der Forellen und Lachse”. By the end of the 18th century, oyster farming had begun in estuaries along the Atlantic Coast of North America. [17]

The word aquaculture appeared in an 1855 newspaper article in reference to the harvesting of ice. [18] It also appeared in the descriptions of the terrestrial agricultural practice of arthrigation in the late 19th century [19] before becoming associated primarily with the cultivation of aquatic plant and animal species.

In 1859, Stephen Ainsworth of West Bloomfield, New York , began experiments with brook trout . By 1864, Seth Green had established a commercial fish-hatching operation at Caledonia Springs, near Rochester, New York . By 1866, with the involvement of Dr. WW Fletcher of Concord, Massachusetts , artificial fish hatcheries were under way in both Canada and the United States. [20] When the Dildo Island fish hatchery opened in Newfoundland in 1889, it was the largest and most advanced in the world. The word aquaculture was used in descriptions of hatcheries experiments with cod and lobster in 1890. [21]

By the 1920s, the American Fish Culture Company of Carolina, Rhode Island , founded in the 1870s was one of the leading producers of trout. During the 1940s, they had perfected the method of handling the day and night cycle of fish so they could be artificially spawned year around. [22]

Californians harvested wild kelp and attempted to manage supply around 1900, later labeling it a wartime resource. [23]

21st-century practice

Harvest stagnation in wild fisheries and overexploitation of marine species, combined with a growing demand for high-quality protein. [24] [25] At the outset of modern aquaculture, many were optimistic that a “Blue Revolution” could take place in aquaculture, just as the Green Revolution of the 20th century had revolutionized agriculture. [26] Although most animals have been caught in the wild. Concerned about the impact of growing demand for seafood on the world’s oceans, prominent ocean explorer Jacques Cousteauwrote in 1973: “With earth’s burgeoning human populations to feed, we must turn to the sea with new understanding and new technology.” [27]

About 430 (97%) of the species as of 2007, and estimated to be about 100% of the population. Known land animal species and 0.0002% of known land animal species have been domesticated, compared with 0.17% of known marine plant species and 0.13% of known marine animal species. Domestication usually involves a decade of scientific research. [28] Domesticating aquatic species conducts human diseases, which took a large toll in human lives. Most major diseases in humans, [29] including diseases such as smallpox and diphtheria, which like most infectious diseases, move to humans from animals. No human pathogens of comparable virulence have yet emerged from marine species. quote needed ]

Biological control methods to manage parasites are already being used, such as cleaner fish (eg lumpsuckers and wrasse) to control sea lice populations in salmon farming. [30] Models are being used to help with spatial planning and fish farming in order to minimize impact. [31]

The decline in wild fish stocks has increased the demand for farmed fish. [32] However, finding alternative sources of protein for fish feeds otherwise, it represents a great risk for the over-exploitation of drilling fish. [33]

Another recent issue following the banning in 2008 of Organotins by the International Maritime Organization is the need to find an environmentally friendly, but still effective, compounds with antifouling effects.

Many new natural compounds are discovered every year, but they are almost impossible.

It is highly likely that future developments will be more microorganisms, but greater funding and further research is needed to overcome the lack of knowledge in this field. [34]

Species groups

Aquatic plants

Microalgae , also referred to as phytoplankton , microphytes , or planktonic algae , constitutes the majority of cultivated algae . Macroalgae Commonly Known As seaweed also have shopping and Many industrial uses, due to Their goal size and specific requirements, They Are Not Easily cultivated large scale and we are MOST Often taken in the wild.


The farming of fish is the most common form of aquaculture. It involves raising fish commercially in tanks, fish ponds , or ocean enclosures, usually for food. A facility that releases juvenile fish into the wild for recreational fishing or to supplement a species’ natural numbers is referred to as a fish hatchery . Worldwide, the most important fish species used in fish farming, in order, carp , salmon , tilapia , and catfish . [1]

In the Mediterranean, young bluefin tuna are netted at sea and towed slowly towards the shore. They are then interned in offshore pens where they are further grown for the market.[35] In 2009, researchers in Australia managed for the first time to coax southern bluefin tuna to breed in landlocked tanks. Southern bluefin tuna are also caught in the wild and fattened in grow-out sea cages in southern Spencer Gulf, South Australia.

A similar process is used in the salmon-farming section of this industry; juveniles are taken from hatcheries and a variety of methods are used to aid them in their maturation. For example, as stated above, some of the most important fish species in the industry, salmon, can be grown using a cage system. This is done by having netted cages, preferably in open water that has a strong flow, and feeding the salmon a special food mixture that aids their growth. This process allows for year-round growth of the fish, thus a higher harvest during the correct seasons.[36][37] An additional method, known sometimes as sea ranching, has also been used within the industry. Sea ranching involves raising fish in a hatchery for a brief time and then releasing them into marine waters for further development, whereupon the fish are recaptured when they have matured.[38]


Commercial shrimp farming began in the 1970s, and production grew steeply thereafter. Global production reached more than 1.6 million tonnes in 2003, worth about US$9 billion. About 75% of farmed shrimp is produced in Asia, in particular in China and Thailand. The other 25% is produced mainly in Latin America, where Brazil is the largest producer. Thailand is the largest exporter.

Shrimp farming has changed from its traditional, small-scale form in Southeast Asia into a global industry. Technological advances to higher densities per unit area, and broodstock is shipped worldwide. Virtually all farmed shrimp are penaeids (ie, shrimp of the family Penaeidae ), and just two species of shrimp, the Pacific white shrimp and the giant tiger prawn , account for about 80% of all farmed shrimp. These industrial monocultures are very susceptible to disease, which has decimated shrimp populations across entire regions. Increasing ecological problems, repeated disease outbreaks, and pressure and criticism from bothnongovernmental organizations and consumer countries. In 1999, governments, industry representatives, and environmental organizations initiated a program for developing and promoting sustainable farming practices through the Seafood Watch program. [39]

Freshwater , with many problems, with marine shrimp farming. Unique problems are introduced by the developmental lifecycle of the main species, the giant river prawn . [40]

The total annual production of freshwater prawns (excluding crayfish and crabs ) in 2003 was about 280,000 tonnes , of which China produced 180,000 tonnes followed by India and Thailand with 35,000 tonnes each. Additionally, China produced about 370,000 tons of Chinese river crab . [41]


Aquacultured shellfish include various oyster , mussel , and clam species. These bivalves are filtering and / or deposit feeders, which rely on ambient primary production rather than inputs of fish or other feed. As such, shellfish is often perceived as benign or even beneficial. [42]

Depending on the species and local conditions, bivalve molluscs are either grown on the beach, or long lines, or suspended by dredging or by hand. In May 2017 a Belgian consortium installed the first of two trials mussel farms on a wind farm in the North Sea . [43]

Abalone farming began in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Japan and China. [44] Since the mid-1990s, this industry has become successful. [45] Overfishing and poaching have reduced wild populations to abalone meat. Sustainably farmed molluscs can be certified by Seafood Watch and other organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). WWF initiated the “Aquaculture Dialogues” in 2004 to develop measurable and performance-based standards for responsibly farmed seafood. In 2009, WWF co-founded the Aquaculture Stewardship Councilwith the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative to manage global standards and certification programs.[46]

After trials in 2012, [47] a commercial “sea ranch” was set up in Flinders Bay , Western Australia, to raise abalone. The ranch is based on an artificial reef made up of 5000 (As of April 2016 ) separate concrete units called abitats(abalone habitats). The 900 kg abitats can host 400 abalone each. The reef is seeded with young abalone from an onshore hatchery. The abalone feed seaweed That it HAS grown naturally on the abitats, with the enrichment of the bay ecosystem aussi resulting and in growing numbers of dhufish, pink snapper, wrasse and Samson fish Among other species.

Brad Adams, from the company, has emphasized the similarity to wild abalone and the difference from shore-based aquaculture. “We’re not aquaculture, we’re ranching, because they’re in the water they look after themselves.” [48] [49]

Other groups

Other groups include aquatic reptiles, amphibians, and miscellaneous invertebrates, such as echinoderms and jellyfish . They are quite simply graphed at the top right of this section, since they do not contribute enough volume to the show.

Commercially harvested echinoderms include sea ​​cucumbers and sea ​​urchins . In China, sea cucumbers are as large as 1,000 acres (400 ha). [50]

Around the world

In 2012, the total world production of fisheries was 158 million tonnes , of which aquaculture contributed 66.6 million tonnes, about 42%. [51] The growth rate of worldwide aquaculture has-been sustained and rapid, averaging about 8% per year for over 30 years, while the take from wild fisheries] Essentially has-been flat for the last decade. The aquaculture market reached $ 86 billion [52] in 2009. [53]

Aquaculture is an especially important economic activity in China. Between 1980 and 1997, the Chinese Bureau of Fisheries reported 16.7%, jumping from 1.9 million tonnes to nearly 23 million tonnes. In 2005, China accounted for 70% of world production. [54] [55] Aquaculture is also currently one of the fastest-growing areas of food production in the US [56]

About 90% of all US shrimp consumption is farmed and imported. [57] In recent years, salmon aquaculture has grown in southern Chile, especially in Puerto Montt , Chile’s fastest-growing city.

A United Nations report titled The State of the World’s Fisheries and Aquaculture released in May 2014 the 60 million people in Asia and Africa. [58]

National laws, regulations, and management

Laws governing aquaculture practices are greatly improved by countries [59] and are often not easily regulated or easily traceable. In the United States, land-based and nearshore aquaculture is regulated at the federal and state levels; [60] HOWEVER, no national laws Govern offshore aquaculture in US exclusive economic area waters. In June 2011, the Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration aquaculture released national policies [61] to address this issue and “to meet the growing demand for healthy seafood, to create jobs in coastal communities, and restore vital ecosystems.” In 2011, Congresswoman Lois Cappsintroduced by the National Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2011 [62] “to establish a regulatory system and research program for sustainable offshore aquaculture in the United States exclusive economic zone”; however, the bill was not enacted into law.


China overwhelmingly dominates the world in reported aquaculture output, [63] reporting a total output which is double that of the rest of the world put together. However, there are some historical issues with the accuracy of China’s returns.

In 2001, the fisheries scientists Reg Watson and Daniel Pauly, concerned about the nature of the fishery. [7] [64] They said it appeared that the global wrestling since 1988 was 300,000 tonnes in total, 350,000 tons. Watson and Pauly suggest that this may be related to the growth of the economy. Also, until more recently, the promotion of Chinese officials is based on production of their own areas. [65] [66]

China disputed this claim. The official Xinhua News Agency quoted Yang Jian, director general of the Agriculture Ministry’s Fisheries Bureau, as saying that China’s figures were “basically correct”. [67] However, the FAO accepted the issue of China’s statistical returns, and for a period of data from China, including aquaculture data, from the rest of the world. [68] [69]

Aquacultural methods


Mariculture refers to the cultivation of marine organisms in the sea , usually in sheltered coastal or offshore waters. The farming of marine fish is an example of mariculture, and so is the farming of marine crustaceans (such as shrimp ), molluscs (such as oysters ), and seaweed. Atlantic salmon and mollusk farms is for example prominent in the US [71]

Mariculture can be used in the field of artificial insemination, and can be used in the field of aquaculture. In the case of salmon, they are fed by the operators; oysters on racks Abalone has been farmed on an artificial reef consuming seaweed which grows naturally on the reef units. [49]


Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) is a practice in which the byproducts (wastes) from one species are recycled to become inputs ( fertilizers , food ) for another. Aquaculture Fed (for example, fish , shrimp ) is combined with extractive inorganic and extractive organic (for example, shellfish ) aquaculture to create balanced systems for environmental sustainability (biomitigation), economic stability (product diversification and risk reduction) and social acceptability (better management practices). [72]

“Multi-trophic” refers to the incorporation of species from different trophic or nutritional levels into the same system. [73] This is one potential distinction from the age-old practice of aquatic polyculture , which could simply be the co-culture of different fish species from the same trophic level. In this case, these organisms may all share the same biological and chemical processes, with few synergistic benefits, which could potentially lead to significant shifts in the ecosystem . Some traditional polyculture systems may, in fact, incorporate a greater diversity of species, occupying several niches, as extensive cultures (low intensity, low management) within the same pond. The term “integrated” refers to the more intensive cultivation of different species in the world, connected by nutrient and energy transfer through water.

Ideally, the biological and chemical processes in an IMTA system should balance. This is achieved through the appropriate selection and proportion of different species. The co-cultured species are typically more than just biofilters ; they are harvestable crops of commercial value. [73] A working IMTA system can result in greater production based on mutual benefits to the co-cultured species and improved ecosystem health , even if the production of individual species is less than a monoculture over a short term period. [74]

Sometimes the term “integrated aquaculture” is used to describe the integration of monocultures through water transfer. [74] For all intents and purposes, however, the terms “IMTA” and “integrated aquaculture” differ only in their degree of descriptiveness. Aquaponics , fractionated aquaculture, integrated agriculture-aquaculture systems, integrated peri-urban-aquaculture systems, and integrated fisheries-aquaculture systems are other variations of the IMTA concept.

Netting materials

Various materials, including nylon , polyester , polypropylene , polyethylene , plastic-coated welded wire , rubber , patented rope products (Spectra, Thorn-D, Dyneema), galvanized steel and copper are used for netting in aquaculture fish enclosures around the world. [75] [76] [77] [78] [79] All of these materials are selected for a variety of reasons, including design feasibility, material strength , cost, and corrosion resistance .

Recently, copper alloys have become important netting materials in aquaculture because they are antimicrobial (ie, they destroy bacteria , viruses , fungi , algae , and other microbes ) and they therefore prevent biofouling (ie, undesirable accumulation, adhesion, and growth of microorganisms). , plants, algae, tubeworms, barnacles, mollusks, and other organisms). By inhibiting microbial growth, copper alloy aquaculture cages avoid costly net changes that are necessary with other materials. The resistance of organism growth on copper alloys also provides a cleaner and healthier environment for growing fish to grow and thrive.


If Performed without consideration for potential local environmental impacts, aquaculture in inland waters can result in more environmental Damaging than wild fisheries , though with less waste Produced was per kg was global scale. [80] Local concerns with aquaculture may include the use of antibiotics , and the introduction of invasive plant and animal species , or foreign pathogens, particularly if unprocessed fish are used. feed more marketable carnivorousfish. If non-local live feeds are used, aquaculture can introduce plant of animal. Improvements in methods resulting from these advances in the context of their relative importance in the 1990s and 2000s. [81] [82]

Fish waste is organic and composed of nutrients necessary in all components of aquatic food webs. In-ocean aquaculture Often Produces Higher much citation needed ] than normal fish waste concentrations. The waste collects on the bottom, damaging or eliminating bottom-dwelling life. Waste can also decrease oxygen levels in the water column , putting more pressure on wild animals. [83] An alternative model to food being added to the ecosystem, is the installation of artificial reef structures to increase the availability of nutrients. This has been used in the ranching of abalone in Western Australia. [49]

Fish oils

Tilapia from aquaculture has been shown to contain a much higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 oils.

Impacts on wild fish

Some carnivorous and omnivorous farmed fish species are fed wild drilling fish . Although they represented 34 percent of aquaculture production by value, they represented 34 percent of aquaculture production by value. [84]

Farming of carnivorous species like salmon and shrimp. Fish do not actually produce omega-3 fatty acids, but rather accumulate them from the consuming microalgae that produce these fatty acids, as the case with drilling fish like herring and sardines , or, as is the case with fatty predatory fish , like salmon by eating prey fish that have accumulated omega-3 fatty acids from microalgae. To satisfy this requirement, more than 50 percent of the world’s fishproduction is fed to farmed salmon. [85]

Farmed salmon consume more wild fish than they produce a final product, the efficiency of production is improving. To produce one of these fishes, this is a fish-in-fish-out (FIFO) ratio. In 1995, salmon had a FIFO ratio of 7.5 (7.5 pound of salmon); by 2006 the ratio had fallen to 4.9. [86] addition, a growing share of fish oil and fishmeal from fishes byproducts of fish processing, rather than dedicated whole fish. In 2012, 34 percent of fish oil and 28 percent of fishmeal came from residues. [87]However, fishmeal and oil from residues instead of whole fish have a different composition with more salt and less protein, which may limit their potential use for aquaculture.

As the salmon farming industry expands, it requires more wild-caught fish for feed, at a time when their maximum sustainable yield . [8] The industrial scale extraction of wild fish farming for salmon farming then impacts the survival of the wild predator fish who rely on them for food. An important step in reducing the impact of aquaculture on wild fish is shifting carnivorous species to plant-based feeds. Salmon feeds, for example, with 40 percent plant protein. [88]The USDA has also experimented with using grain-based feeds for farmed trout . [89]When properly formulated (and often mixed with fishmeal or oil), plant-based feeds can provide proper nutrition and similar growth rates in carnivorous farmed fish. [90]

Another impact aquaculture production can have on wild fish is the risk of fish escaping from coastal pens, where they can interbreed with their wild counterparts, diluting wild genetic stocks. [91] Escaped fish can become invasive , out-competing native species. [92] [93] [94]

Coastal Ecosystems

Aquaculture is becoming a significant threat to coastal ecosystems . About 20 percent of mangrove forests since 1980, mainly due to shrimp farming . [95] An extended cost- benefit analysis of the total economic value of shrimp aquaculture built on mangrove ecosystems found that the external costs were much higher than the external benefits. [96] Over four decades, 269,000 hectares (660,000 acres) of Indonesian mangroves have been converted to shrimp farms. Most of these farms are abandoned in the past because of the toxin build-up and nutrient loss. [97] [98]

Pollution from sea cage aquaculture

Salmon farms are typically located in pristine coastal ecosystems which they then pollute. A farm with 200,000 salmon discharges more than 60,000 people. This material is discharged directly into the environment, untreated, often containing antibiotics and pesticides . ” [8] There is also an accumulation of heavy metals on the benthos (seafloor) near salmon farms, particularly copper and zinc . [99]

In 2016, mass fish kill events impacted salmon farmers along Chile’s coast and the wider ecology. [100] Increases in aquaculture production and its associated effluents were considered to be possible contributing factors to fish and molluscan mortality. [101]

Sea cage aquaculture is responsible for the nutrient enrichment of the waters in which they are established. This results from fish wastes and uneaten feed inputs. Elements of most concern are those that can promote algal growth, including harmful algal blooms which can be toxic to fish. Flushing times, current speeds, distance from the shore and water depth are important considerations when locating sea cages in order to minimize the impacts of nutrient enrichment on coastal ecosystems.

The extent of the pollution of sea-cage aquaculture varies depending on where the cages are located, which species are kept, how densely caged are stocked and what the fish are fed. Important species-specific variables include the food conversion ratio (FCR) and nitrogen retention. A number of studies have been carried out to determine the size of the water supply and the size of the water supply from 52 to 95%. quote needed ]

Genetic modification

A type of salmon called the AquAdvantage salmon has been genetically modified for faster growth, but it has not been approved for commercial use, due to controversy. [102] The altered salmon incorporates a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon that allows it to reach full size in 16-28 months, instead of normal 36 months for Atlantic salmon, and while consuming 25 percent less feed. [103] The US Food and Drug Administration reviewed the AquAdvantage in a draft environmental assessment and determined that it would have a significant impact (FONSI) on the US environment. [104]

Ecological benefits

While some forms of aquaculture can be devastating to ecosystems, such as shrimp farming in mangroves, other forms can be very beneficial. Shellfish aquaculture adds substantial filter feeding capacity to an environment which can significantly improve water quality. A single oyster can filter 15 gallons of water a day, removing microscopic algal cells. By removing these cells, shellfish are removing nitrogen and other nutrients from the system and retaining it. By harvesting these shellfish the nitrogen is completely removed from the system [105]. Raising and harvesting kelp and other macroalgae directly remove nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients can be relieve eutrophic, or nutrient-rich, which is known to increase the abundance of nutrients. Removing algal cells from the water also increases light penetration, allowing plants such as these to be reestablished themselves and further increasing oxygen levels.

Aquaculture in an area can provide for crucial ecological functions for the inhabitants. Shellfish beds or cages can provide habitat structure. This structure can be used as a shelter, in small fish or crustaceans to increase their abundance and maintain biodiversity. Increased shelter raises stocks of prey for larger trophic levels. One study estimated that 10 square meters of oyster reef could enhance an ecosystem’s biomass by 2.57 kg. [106] The shellfish acting as herbivores will also be preyed on. This is a move that is potentially more energy-efficient than ever before in the ecosystem.

Animal welfare

As with the farming of terrestrial animals, social attitudes influence the need for humane practices and regulations in farmed marine animals. Under the guidelines of the Animal Welfare Council, the animal welfare and the welfare state of the animal. This can be defined by the Five Freedoms :

  • Freedom from hunger & thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, disease, or injury
  • Freedom to express normal behavior
  • Freedom from fear and distress

However, the controversial issue in aquaculture is whether fish and farmed marine invertebrates are actually sentient , or have the perception and awareness to experience suffering. Although no evidence of this has been found in the past, [107] recent studies conclude that fish have the necessary receptors ( nociceptors ) to sense noxious stimuli and are likely to experience pain, bread and stress. [107] [108] Consequently, welfare in aquaculture is directed at vertebrates; finfish in particular. [109]

Common welfare concerns

Welfare in aquaculture can be impacted by a number of issues such as stocking densities, behavioral interactions, disease and parasitism . A major problem in determining the cause of impairment is that these issues are often interrelated and different. [110]

Optimal stocking density is often defined by the carrying capacity of the fish, which is very species specific. Although behavioural interactions such as shoaling may mean that high stocking densities are beneficial to some species, [107] [111] in many cultures high stocking densities may be of concern. Crowding can constrain normal swimming behavior, as well as aggressive and competitive Behaviors Increase Such As cannibalism, [112] feed competition, [113]territoriality and dominance / subordination hierarchies. [114]This potential increases the risk of tissue damage due to abrasion from fish-to-fish contact or fish-to-cage contact. [107] Fish can be reduced in food intake and food conversion efficiency . [114] In addition, high stocking densities can result in insufficient oxygen supply and waste product removal. [111] Dissolved oxygen is essential for fish respiration and concentrations below critical levels can lead to stress and even lead to asphyxiation . [114] Ammonia, a nitrogen excretion product, is highly toxic to fish at accumulated levels, particularly when oxygen concentrations are low. [115]

Many of these interactions and effects cause stress in the fish, which can be a major factor in facilitating fish disease. [109] For many parasites, infestation depends on the host’s degree of mobility, the density of the host population and the vulnerability of the host defense system. [116] Sea lice are the primary parasitic problem for finfish in aquaculture, high numbers of widespread skin erosion and haemorrhaging, gill congestion, and increased mucus production. [117] There are also prominent viral and bacterial pathogens that can have severe effects on internal organs and nervous systems. [118]

Improving welfare

The key to improving the welfare of the elderly is to reduce stress to a minimum, as prolonged or repeated stress can cause a range of adverse effects. Attempts to minimize stress can occur throughout the culture process. It is important to keep in mind that it is important to keep in mind that it is important to keep it separate from each other. Keeping nets and cages can help to reduce the risk of water degradation.

Not surprisingly disease and parasitism can be a major effect on fish welfare. However, prevention methods, such as vaccination, can also induce stress because of extra handling and injection. [111] Other methods include adding antibiotics to feeds, adding chemicals to water for treatment baths and biological control, such as using a vaccine to remove salmon from salmon. [111]

Many steps are involved in transport, including capture, food deprivation to reduce pollution, transportation to transport vehicles via nets or pumps, and transport and transfer to the delivery location. During transport water needs to be maintained to a high quality, with regulated temperature, sufficient oxygen and minimal waste products. [109] [111] In some cases anaesthetics may be used in small doses to calm fish before transport. [111]

Aquaculture is sometimes part of an environmental rehabilitation program or as an aid in conserving endangered species. [119]


Global wild fisheries are in decline, with valuable habitat such as estuaries in critical condition. [120] The aquaculture or farming of piscivorous fish, like salmon , does not help the problem Because they need to eat products from other fish, Such As fish meal and fish oil . Studies have shown that salmon farming has major negative impacts on wild salmon, as well as fish drilling . [121] [122] Fish that are higher on the food chain are the efficient sources of food energy.

Apart from fish and shrimp, some aquaculture Undertakings, Such As seaweed and filter-feeding bivalve mollusks like oysters , clams , mussels and scallops , are Relatively benign and Even environmentally restorative. [25] Filter-feeders filter pollutants as well as nutrients from the water, improving water quality. [123] Seaweeds extract nutrients such as inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus directly from the water, [72] and filter-feeding mollusks can extract nutrients as they feed on particulates, such as phytoplankton and detritus . [124]

Some profitable aquaculture cooperatives promote sustainable practices. [125] New methods in the risk of biological and chemical pollution through minimizing fish stress, fallowing netpens, and applying Integrated Pest Management. Vaccines are being used to reduce antibiotic use. [126]

Onshore recirculating aquaculture systems, facilities using polyculture techniques, and properly sited facilities (for example, offshore areas with strong currents).

Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) recycles water by circulating it through filters to remove fish and recirculating it back to the tanks. This paper can be used in compost or, in some cases, could be treated and used on land. While RAS Was Developed with freshwater fish in mind, scientist associated with the Agricultural Research Service -have found a way to rear saltwater fish using RAS in low-salinity waters. [127] Although saltwater fish are often raised in off-shore cages, they typically have a salinity of 35 parts per thousand(ppt), scientists were able to produce healthy pompano, a saltwater fish, in tanks with a salinity of only 5 ppt. Commercializing low-salinity RAS are predicted to have positive environmental and economic effects. Unwanted nutrients from the fish food would be greatly reduced. The price of expensive saltwater fish, such as the pompano and combia used in the experiments, would be reduced. HOWEVER, before’any of this can be done Researchers must study every part of the fish’s lifecycle, Including the amount of ammonia and nitrate the fish will Tolerate in the water, what to feed the fish During Each course of ict lifecycle, the stocking rate That will produce the healthiest fish, etc. [127]

Some 16 countries now use geothermal energy for aquaculture, including China, Israel , and the United States. [128] In California, for example, 15 fish farms produce tilapia, bass, and catfish with warm water from underground. This warmer water helps fish grow faster and more quickly. Collectively these California farms produce 4.5 million kilograms of fish each year. [128]

See also

  • Agroecology
  • Alligator farm
  • Aquaponics
  • Copper alloys in aquaculture
  • Maggots used as food for fish
  • Fish hatchery
  • Fisheries science
  • Industrial aquaculture
  • List of harvested aquatic animals by weight
  • Recirculating aquaculture system

Aquaculture by Country:

  • Aquaculture in Australia
  • Aquaculture in Canada
  • Aquaculture in Chile
  • Aquaculture in China
  • Aquaculture in East Timor
  • Aquaculture in the Federated States of Micronesia
  • Aquaculture in Fiji
  • Aquaculture in Indonesia
  • Aquaculture in Kiribati
  • Aquaculture in the Marshall Islands
  • Aquaculture in Nauru
  • Aquaculture in New Zealand
  • Aquaculture in Palau
  • Aquaculture in Papua New Guinea
  • Aquaculture in Samoa
  • Aquaculture in the Solomon Islands
  • Aquaculture in South Africa
  • Aquaculture in South Korea
  • Aquaculture in Tonga
  • Aquaculture in Tuvalu
  • Aquaculture in Vanuatu

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