Fish feel pain and are complex living beings. The animal densities needed for RAS operations to be viable are typically not good for the animal. Salmon for example, take almost 2 years to get to harvest weight.
A good resource for any questions regarding the ethics of fish farming:
IntraFish reports today that “Land-based salmon farming’s dirty little secret” is the problem with their product’s odor stating that “Earthy and musty flavors continue to be an issue for land-based salmon producers” and wonders “Can it be solved?”.
Compare nut trees to either net pen or land based salmon farming and it’s clear; truly sustainable good nutrition is possible without such issues as animal welfare, local environmental damage and heavy carbon footprint.
According to Smithsonian Magazine: “It’s Official: Fish Feel Pain
The verdict is in. But will our oceanic friends ever get the same legal protections as land animals?”
It is hard not to notice the RAS industry is experiencing tremendous growth exhibiting the same crazy market exuberence as the Internet Bubble of the late 90’s however IntraFish is reporting today that Nekkar has been awarded a $1.1 million grant to persue it’s innovative closed-cage technology in partnership with a “renowned fish farmer”. Proponents […]
RAS based fish farming requires a huge investment compared to all other forms of fish farming and with the uncertainty of the Global Climate Crisis another concern should be dawning on RAS investors… will the “younger demographic be more open to plant-based food“? Intrafish is reporting from the Global Seafood Marketing Conference in Orlando Florida […]
Our salmon farmers are experts in closed containment because their fish spend more than half their lives in land-based hatcheries where recirculation systems are used. They know that technology continues to evolve (they are the ones driving that innovation!), but at this point, the ocean is the best place for salmon to grow from smolts to market size – just as they do in nature.
Mushy salmon flesh and US consumers are interested in eating more fish however are concerned about how that fish is produced preferring mariculture – farming fish in the open ocean