What is Next-Generation Aquaculture?
May 22, 2008 · Print This Article
Closed-containment, land-based recirculating systems for aquaculture are not new. However, the latest generation of this technology, highly integrated systems built from the ground up specifically for aquaculture purposes are distinct from land-based fish farms that employ tanks and pumps but have been assembled in an ad hoc fashion and fail to reach the efficiency, scalability and profitability of next-generation systems.
The latest next-generation closed-containment aquaculture systems represent a quantum leap forward, both as a lucrative and low-risk business venture as well as the most sustainable and efficient form of aquaculture today, with efficiencies more than 10 times conventional fish farms. Next-generation systems recirculate up to 99 percent of their effluent, have no discharge, use no chemicals or antibiotics, and can be sited close to market, resulting in a fresher product and dramatically lower transportation costs (food miles).
Next-generation aquaculture systems are defined by the following attributes:
- Fully-Integrated: System specifically designed and built for growth of particular species (versus one-of-a-kind “systems” assembled in an ad hoc fashion)
- Management System: Includes a Comprehensive Management System with precise instructions and protocols (including a “User’s Manual”); Turnkey
- Total Production Control: Quarantined systems offer exceptionally high level of control of inputs and growing conditions.
- Reproducible Results: Next-generation systems are highly predictable, replicable and scalable.
- Ultra-High Efficiency: Next-generation systems exhibit growth rates and efficiencies an order of magnitude greater than flow-through or open systems.
- Competitive & Cost-Effective: Next-generation systems have a proven track record of successful economic performance, based on superior quality, consistency of quality and supply, and through economies of scale to defray capital costs.
- Low-Risk & Insurable: Because of the high level of control of virtually all variables, risk is minimized. Next-generation systems are insurable (including livestock)
- Sustainable Practices: Next-generation aquaculture systems dramatically minimize adverse environmental impacts associated with aquaculture. As closed, recirculating systems, there is no effluent or any contact with wild populations. Facilities are land-based and can be sited close to market, with no impacts on coastal habitats and dramatically lower “food miles” required for transportation. Ultra-high efficiency means that these systems use a fraction of the feed of open systems. Finally, next-generation systems use no chemicals or antibiotics.
All of the systems offered by Aquaculture Developments are next-generation aquaculture systems.