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.

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The Challenges of Going Green (And Why It’s Still Worthwhile)

These days, more people are realizing the importance of living in a cleaner and greener kind of way. But it’s not as easy as we all wish it was. Green lifestyles come with their own problems and challenges. You have to be prepared to deal with these if you’re going to live successfully with a green lifestyle. Here are some of the main issues that you’ll face, and why it’s still worth doing more to go green.

Tech Problems

There are some problems that will necessarily arise when you are using technologies that allow you to will in a green way. For example, you might be using new energy saving appliances in the home. Sometimes, these tech items are brand new, and they can be relatively untested.

This can lead to problems and issues with things breaking down. These teething problems just have to be accepted and overcome if you want to push forward and become greener. Even solar panels can experience difficulties; repairing solar panels can be necessary sometimes. Make sure that you let an expert take care of that work, though.

Problems can occur with new eco-friendly technology

Leave repairs of green technologies, such as solar panels, up to the experts. Image via Pixabay.

Changing Your Everyday Behavior

For many people, this is the most challenging thing of all. Breaking those simple everyday habits that you’re so used to can be a real struggle for some people. It’s a struggle that you should work hard at, though. You might occasionally forget to recycle things or turn the lights off or conserve water.

But if you start to pick up on these mistakes and correct them, you will eventually get into the habit of doing things differently. We’re all creatures of habit, so it’s not going to be easy for you, but it certainly can be done.

Sometimes Sacrificing Convenience and Ease

It’s occasionally necessary to sacrifice some of the modern world’s ease and convenience when you want to go green. You have to do without some of the things that make life simpler.

For example, you might want to cut down on the amount of plastic you use and throw away. But if you choose to do that, you will have to cut down on the amount of quick, processed and packaged food you buy from supermarkets each week. It’s definitely a positive step, but that doesn’t make it any easier for you to implement. That’s just one example of how convenience may have to be sacrificed a little.

Environmentally friendly actions in your house

Going green within the home may mean sacrificing a bit of convenience. Flickr Photo.

Why You Should Still Do Everything Possible to be Greener

After reading all the things above, you might be wondering why you should bother going green at all. But that’s the wrong conclusion to draw. In fact, you should see these challenges as worth overcoming because you have a very positive impact on our environment if you do.

Still not convinced? Well, the biggest issue for most ordinary people is the financial side of things. If you start conserving energy and water, and looking to clean, renewable alternatives, you can save your family a lot of money. That’s why you should push ahead regardless.

Time to be Green: Ways You Can Make a Difference

We are always looking for ways to help the planet. After all, we want to ensure the world stays in good condition for future generations. However, a lot of people struggle to find ways they can help as an individual. But there are plenty of things you can do in your normal life to be more green and ultimately help the planet. In fact, here are some ideas of how you can be more green and make a difference in your daily life.

At work

We firstly need to take our attention to our work life in the quest to be more eco-friendly in our lives. After all, there are lots of changes we can make in our work routine to make a difference. Firstly, you should consider how you are getting to work. So many people rely on their vehicle to get them to their workplace. But if you are constantly using your car, you are affecting the environment. Therefore, be more green by skipping the car and using a bike or even bus to get to work instead.

Also, you need to make sure you turn off your tech when it’s time for lunch. So many people leave their computers on all day, but they are wasting a ton of energy. Therefore, ensure you put the computer to sleep to help the environment. And try and not waste so much paper during the day. Take notes on your tablet or computer instead!

Biking is a more eco-friendly transportation option than driving

Go green by skipping the car and biking to work, if you can. Image via Public Domain Pictures.

At home

You also need to look at your home life for ways to be more eco-friendly. After all, there are lots of changes you can make to ensure you are a greener family. For one thing, you need to ensure you are recycling. As much as it’s tempting to put everything in the trash, take the time to separate them into the right sections. And if you have any electronic items, you can even attempt to sell them online. That way, you can repurpose the item and make money at the same time. You should also take steps to go more eco-friendly with your heating. In fact, you might want to change to solar energy which will not only save you money, but it will help the environment. And while it can be pricey to install, it will help you to sell your home in the future. After all, it’s an appealing feature that people will love to have in their home.

Solar energy on a home

Solar panels will hopefully come down in price soon. They are a great renewable energy source. Piaxaby, CC0 Public Domain.

On the go

You can also make green changes to your life when you are on the go. First things first, ensure you take a reusable bag with you for your shopping. You don’t want to waste plastic bags which will end up contributing to the world’s waste!

Also, take the time to look in second-hand stores. After all, by purchasing clothes that have been used previously, you can ensure you are giving them a second shot at life. And don’t hesitate to take the kids to do green activities while out and about. Taking a trip to the park will ensure you are eco-friendly while the kids have a great time!

And once you are more green in your life, you can feel happier you are making a difference in the world!