4 Ways We Are Achieving Sustainable Growth In Aquaculture

The big topic of our generation, and all generations to come, will be the environment. It will be about the challenges of going green and how to be more sustainable, and one of the big subtopics is that of food and fish farming. Despite all the evidence, all the arguments and all the new knowledge surrounding this topic and what it means for marine life, the demand for seafood is increasing by the day. This is partly because the global population is on the rise and partly because seafood is the only source of protein a huge portion of the population, especially those living below the poverty line in developing countries.

The rise of aquaculture

Fish are the main protein source for many people. Pexels, CC0 License.

To meet this growing demand, aquaculture has been on the rise. In fact, the production of seafood through aquaculture methods have doubled in the past decade. However, they need to double again in order to meet the demands of protein and population.

As such, we have researched inspiring women and men who work in this sector at different levels and in different roles to determine how companies and governments are working to achieve sustainable growth in aquaculture.

Seafood Watch

One of the best ways to tackle the environmental problems surrounding this issue is to educate the consumer, and that is exactly what the Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch Program aims to do. It educates people on what should be avoided in order to give sustainability a chance. For example, lake trout currently have populations levels that are way too low, while oysters are perfectly suited to aquaculture methods.

Genetically Engineered Yeast

Farming Atlantic salmon has been a problem simply because it takes three pounds of wild fish to grow a pound of farmed salmon. That is not sustainable. However, genetically engineered yeast has now been developed that provides salmon with all the Omega-3 they need, reducing the need for feeder fish by seventy-five percent. The companies leading the way on this are DuPont, AquaChile, and Verlasso, whose joint venture was the first to receive the “good alternative stamp”.

Global Salmon Initiative

The need for protein is going to grow by 40% between now and 2050. That is where farmed salmon can have a huge role to play in meeting this demand, and a huge reason why everyone with an interest in the environment should learn about the Global Salmoning Initiative, which aims to bolster sustainable aquaculture while simultaneously reducing the impact it has on the ecosystem. This initiative, which is made up of fifteen companies with a market share of over 70%, aims to achieve the necessary changes through collaboration, research, investment and the sharing of knowledge. It is a huge step forward in an industry that has proven it can grow.

Learning about valid aquaculture methods

Highlighting marine life issues and the initiatives that appear to be helping. Pexels image.

New Technology

Shrimp is a big issue, with the majority of it consumed in the US yet produced in Asia. Here the producers feed these shrimps wild fish and allow waste to be discharged into coastal waters. This could change thanks to a David Brune who has developed a way to produce shrimp more quickly and with less waste. It involves a paddle wheel that generates algae, which not only deals with waste but can also be harvested by brine shrimp that can be used as food for Pacific white shrimp. This development is both cost and time effective too.


Weekly Inspiration Roundup, Volume 1

Happy Friday, all! I am rolling out a new feature, which is an inspiration roundup. I plan to publish a selection of posts once a week that I’ve read on other blogs that I find particularly meaningful. The WordPress community is publishing pretty amazing things and I would love to share some of it with all of you, in addition to sharing many of the posts on Twitter and Google+. I hope you find this weekly feature to be useful. It’ll publish on Fridays. I can always tweak it along the way 😉 Without further ado…

Olga Reviews Teagan Geneviene’s Three Things Serial Story

Author and translator Olga Núñez Miret reviews the book Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story by Teagan Geneviene on her blog. As per Olga,

Many of the readers of [Teagan’s] blog had asked her to publish the serials in book format and finally, she obliged.

Anybody reading the description of this volume will get a sense of how it came into being. The story has a wonderful sense of time (the jazzy 1920s, brilliant, young, full of flappers, parties, movies, and excitement) and it is told in the first person by Pip, a young woman transplanted from the South to the big city, with a huge imagination and an endless curiosity that gets her involved in all kinds of adventures, including but not limited to: kidnappings, rides in fire trucks, romances, secret coded messages, international intrigues, hidden treasures… Pip also has a wonderful turn of phrase (she never swears, at least not as we understand it, and there is no bad language in the book, although she uses her own expressions that colour her language and readers will come to love) and believes she is a very modern woman, although she is less savvy and cool than she would like to believe.

The Three Things Serial is on my tablet, and I also follow Teagan’s Books blog, which is known for its fun tales. I hope you’ll join her at the blog too.

Perennial Women Discussion with D.G. Kaye

And here’s another blog post to check out. It’s by D.G. Kaye, and it’s a keeper! The post, titled Aging and Wisdom – The New Perennial Age of Women, discusses the aging process and how women in their 40’s and 50’s are sometimes called “perennials.” I hadn’t heard that term before for females! As per D.G. (Debby),

I can identify with this wonderful choice of word, perennial, representing a time period of continuation of our evolving. We are still evolving and learning and doing. Every year we bloom with more knowledge from our experiences and eventually, the new bloom leads to desires of the ‘me time’. A time for us to focus on the things we enjoy whether it be travel, new hobbies, furthering our education, or even writing books.

Aha, a new age for women and I’m about to enter it in, oh, just over a year. I’m excited for the next phase of my life, which I think is why D.G. Kaye’s post really appealed to me. Plus, it’s nice to think of female aging like the lovely blooming of a flower rather than focusing on the wrinkles, etc. We’re more than our outer appearances, so much more!

Inspiring reads from bloggers

Reads that inspire, from around the blogging community. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Tools Inspire, with June Sturgeon

Then there’s Jane Sturgeon with a creative write about tools in a beloved shed. What, you say, tools? Think metaphorically, and you’ll get the most beautiful read. Here are a few lines from Jane to demonstrate:

Laughter is a tool in a beloved shed.

I am blessed to work from home and to look out onto a peaceful view of water and nature. Everyday connections are made with folk who are struggling and wrestling with themselves and situations in life. Different insights and perspectives flow in and love wraps all in comfort and peace. The moment acceptance is found a door opens.

Acceptance is a tool in a beloved shed.

My loving man suggested we take ballroom dancing lessons together this Autumn and I beamed at him as he said this. It sparked a long forgotten hope and in that second the dust was blown off, old disappointments lifted and a dream stood in all her sparkling glory. ‘Oh, yes please, I would love to do that with you.’

Hope is a tool in a beloved shed.

OK, now you see what I mean. I’ve read the post twice, and it is my favorite so far from Jane Sturgeon.

Carol on Marriage Changes

This next post is one I admire for its honesty of a tough subject. It’s hard to admit our faults, and when our relationships with our partners aren’t going smoothly, it’s easy to mask it with a happy face while things are falling apart behind closed doors. Carol of Mum Life opens the door to the topic of how marriages can change after having a child. As per Carol,

Last week, my mother in law said the more kids you have the more you fight. Which makes me a little irritated because that’s a huge generalisation. Considering she only had 2, I’m not quite sure where this assumption came from. Maybe from the lack of time spent with each other? But doesn’t absence make the heart grow fonder? From my experience so far, we definitely have less time for ourselves, but we make the most of any time we have together and appreciate it so much more.

Our text messages are to the point. No time to beat around the bush. It’s always “Can you buy milk” not the usual “hey baby, how’s your day going? I am thinking of you”. Haha this is funny because it felt like a life time ago we ever texted like this!

Carol touches on a few of the ways her marriage has changed and it’s likely that many moms reading her blog will relate. Check out Carol’s other posts too as they’re all so heartfelt. I’m relatively new to her blog but immediately enjoyed her writing style.

‘D’ Writes about Black Girl Magic

This write from “D” of the cocobymonthlypress blog is beautiful on many levels. From a poem to a prose style of writing, the post is about being a black girl who refuses to be defined or put into a box. It is about magic, lifestyle, and embracing who you are, no matter your race, gender, sexuality, or any other attribute. In Quirky or Cosmic: An Ode to Soft, Magic, Nerdy, Alternative Black Girls, D says,

I’ll put color in my hair, I’ll read my comics, dress up as She-Hulk, write my stories, read about technology, date a white, date an asian boy, date whomever I please, and all the while I’m still black.

All the while I and all the other black girls who embrace themselves and their loves are still cosmic.

The world is all the better for these kinds of blog posts. Plus, we all know I love poetry, so this one was a hit from the start. Poetry + female empowerment = this post is on my list as a keeper. Head over to D’s blog to read the post in full.

Jenn on Tattoos and Being a Mom: They Don’t Have to be Mutually Exclusive

The title alone of Jenn’s post at the Life of a stay at home mom blog is reason enough to include it here (of course the post content is great too). The title? I’m a tattooed mom… DON’T like it? I DON’T care…lol 

I know, right?! Blogger Jenn talks about her experiences getting tattoos and how getting inked helped her feel more comfortable with her body. She also talks about the expectations on moms, including how some people don’t think tattoos are appropriate for them. She writes,

We all have a story that should not be judged visually. And by the way….we will be kickass grandmas someday!!!

Reading the post in full is recommended because there are sweet stories included about Jenn and her kids, including her views on if they come to her saying they want tattoos of their own one day. Again, this is a new blog for me that I want to share with you all.

OK, that’s the scoop this week. Thanks for taking time here and for checking out some of these blogs that offer inspirational reads. Enjoy your weekend!

♥ Christy

How Do Smart Parents Make Learning Fun & Productive For Their Children?

Providing children with a great education is a priority for all parents. While choosing the right school undoubtedly provides a solid platform, it’s important to acknowledge the impact you can have at home too.   

Playing an active role in a child’s academic development will enable you to help them reach their full potential. However, home studies also need to be fun. After all, if your son or daughter can’t gain enjoyment at home, where can they?   

It’s all about finding the balance, and here’s how.

Children learn from parents

Education CAN be fun! Parents just need to find the balance. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Relate Work To Real Life

Kids will naturally retain greater levels of information when they are actively interested in what they’re being taught. So, why not use their passions in life to unlock their full potential?

The list of possibilities in this area is endless. Sports are a great example, though. Use sporting scenarios to explain maths problems or other puzzles, and your child should have a far better chance of visualizing it. Meanwhile, injuries to their favorite stars could be used as a tool for teaching biology.

Sports aren’t the only thing that can be used, though. Anything from their favorite TV characters to relationships with siblings or cousins could provide a link. If it enables them to comprehend various subjects, it has to be worthwhile. With a little creative thinking, you won’t go far wrong.

Ditch The Textbooks

Inside the classroom, textbooks are a crucial tool for all teachers. From a parent’s perspective, though, they aren’t always essential. After all, you have a chance to provide one-on-one attention.

Ultimately, you don’t want your child to simply regurgitate long paragraphs. Instead, they should be able to recite knowledge with the help of bullet points and quick memory jogs. Visit https://gradebuddy.com/flashcards/ to learn more about visual aids, and how they can aid this process. Learning the information and thought processes rather than simply repeating facts is far better in the long run. Let’s face it; it will make things far more enjoyable too.

Parents can use flashcards to further their kid's education

Visual aids like flashcards are useful for some children. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Remove Stress

Mentality plays a huge part in the learning process, especially at home. If the workload feels too daunting, your child will either struggle or simply give up. Keep it less pressurized by removing the sense of stress, and they’ll be in a far better place to retain information.

A relaxed atmosphere will always be more productive, as well as more enjoyable. Conversely, letting problems in this area surface will discourage your child from learning. In truth, that could restrict them from progressing even in the subjects where they boast natural flair. Quite frankly, you cannot let this become an issue.

Get Outside

Your kids already spend hours locked away in the classroom at school. So, if possible, you should look to make home study a little more exciting by taking things outside.

The easiest way to do this is to take those activities in the garden. However, it’s also possible to find day trips that are both fun and educational. Learn how to make them age-appropriate at https://thespruce.com/field-trip-ideas-for-children-3129085. Again, as a parent, you have the advantage of being able to tailor them to your family’s favorite hobbies and passions too.

Try to make those moments magical too. Firstly, it provides you with a great family memory. Secondly, reminiscing will ensure that your kids keep hold of the educational info as well as memories of the fun.