We Must Start Using The Ocean As Farmers Instead Of Hunters – The Case For Fish Farming…

We Must Start Using The Ocean As Farmers Instead Of Hunters – The Case For Fish Farming...

We’re headed towards a global food crisis: Nearly 3 billion people depend on the ocean for food, and at our current rate we already take more fish from the ocean than it can naturally replace. In this fact-packed, eye-opening talk, entrepreneur and conservationist Mike Velings proposes a solution: Aquaculture, or fish farming.

“We must start using the ocean as farmers instead of hunters,” he says, echoing Jacques Cousteau. “The day will come where people will demand farmed fish on their plates that’s farmed well and farmed healthy — and refuse anything less.”

Mike Velings is the co-founder and the driving force behind Aqua-Spark, a global investment fund for sustainable aquaculture, combining a healthy financial profit with environmental and social impact. Check out his talk on the case for fish farming below…



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There are some really good results coming from this method. Best part is that some of the companies are using these fish corals as mobile fencing (like cattle herders did) and imitating the natural feeding habits of multiple endangered species, while also keeping out invasive/detrimental species.

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With extreme caution, we have entire ecosystems in Tasmania that are struggling due to the impact of fish farming. Then look at the fake food ration the fish are fed and the resulting nutritional content of the meat afterwards. I believe it can be done but profit should not be driving it.

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    Profit pays taxes mate!

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    I agree Dalles.

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    Same problem in Malta. The feed given causes lots of sludge that washes up on beaches & coastline. And most of the fish farmed is shipped to Japan (other side of the world) as a delicacy, not to feed any hungry.

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    Albertus Hanekom only if it’s sustainable though…O/S trawlers dragging the ocean clean of every living thing to make fish food pellets to feed fish to eat…something not quite right there??

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    Albertus Hanekom Very Trumpian

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There was recently a fish farm in BC that had a large quantity of fish, not from that eco system, get out and there are still cleaning up the mess. There are many problems, disease etc. Fish do not do well in pens.

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The Salmon that this makes are sick, and recommended not to eat, because the meat is not healthy…..

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    That’s why they dye the flesh pink, because ‘grey’ doesn’t appeal

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Not so clear cut

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Grant Leeworthy might want to add something

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Better cases for seaweed farming. Although I don’t like seaweed it’s a much better option

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just keep the pharma’s out of the fish

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Ive been to Bruny Island Tasmania and seen fish farm ponds. They have issues with the excreta. Salmonella. Maybe combine with plants…aquaponics????

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An interesting argument. Its major premise, however, is to adjust to growth with more growth. An expanding human population requires more food. All solutions that don’t recognize that growth is ‘the’ problem will lead us to the same disastrous end. We need to wake up and deal with growth.

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Fish farming creates disease and other problems even worse than fishing.

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Vertical Farming via Permaculture techniques. It’s a thing and it can be done to where farming fish actually works as an engine to repopulate the oceans AND feed people at the same time. Requires us to try new things and to do so with an abundance mentality and while listening to natures patterns.

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Salmon aquaculture like many forms of commercial farming demands the use of antibiotics and food additives. Chemical treatments for sea lice takes place in open sea pens that affect other species (lobster). In areas where wild salmon populations are in decline or endangered (Maine coast), land based salmon aquaculture technologies should be adopted. Farming the ocean is not the answer to feeding the world. Just look at the cost of salmon in your grocery store. This is not an effort to feed those threatened by food insecurity.

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What a mistake–such a simplistic endorsement of a potentially catastrophic industry! Do your homework, “Ecosnippets”!

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this is absolute horseshit! nice try aquaculture. a round of applause for your efforts with your smoke and mirrors. Fuck off and get out of our BC waters.

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No there are a myriad of alternate solutions but this is not a good idea

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Ning youo we should not ! Go look at the salmon industry if you want to know what it Will…

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Sounds good in theory but doesn’t work in practice. In Washington state waters the salmon farms are reacking havoc on the natural ecosystems and wild salmon here. The answer is carefully regulated wild fishing & INLAND aquaculture which while being a bit more expensive is way more eco-friendly.

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Wrong food alters the proteine, antibiotica, crowded population, lice …mmmmmmm … I wonder …

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Fishing natural resources sustainably is far better than fish farming where anti-biotics and single gene pool fish are used.

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Land based hatcheries not open pen in the water

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No we must NOT start using the ocean as farmers….we already have a dying planet due in a large part to unsustainable FARMING methods. Wherever there’s farming there’s unsustainable greed and unfortunately avarice buries good sense every time. The ocean has already been raped, pillaged and polluted to an almost non recoverable state. What we need is to develop vast marine reserves and prevent the current abusers from finishing off the task to which they have applied themselves with sadly very sustainable fervour!

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There may need to be improvements before this could grow.

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Pauline Malterre

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Monoculture farming is fraught with dangers. We need ocean farmers that adhere to the concepts of permaculture.

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And what about the wellbeing of the fishes…….

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Like any hi density farming system, it brings more problems (disease, pollution,damage to the other species) than solutions.

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Ask wa state and the current failure of Atlantic salmon farming pens, releasing thousands of Atlantic salmon into pacific waters how they feel. ?. And guess who is tasked with the cleanup efforts? Hint it wasn’t the company responsible for the failure.

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This method is fraught with danger. The fish must be pumped with chemicals / antibiotics/ hormones to grow them to maturity in such confinement.

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YA, AND LOOK AT THE POISON WE ARE EATING IN FARMING FISH—I AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS, AS THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT BIG PROFITS, NOT CARRING ABOUT THE OCEAN OR MY HEALTH: V.

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overcrowding, disease, antibiotics, GMO pellets, growth hormones, no quality of life, cruelty, trashes the oceans, attracts sharks, unhealthy food

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Anyone seen that program about Asian trawlers dragging the oceans clean of every living thing…then ground down into pellets to sell to fish farmers to feed farmed salmon (which we buy because there’s no wild caught fish left)…am I missing something here? ?

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hopefully the vegan movement will keep growing as well. I’m vegetarian but working towards veganism, just gotta find more fatty foods so I don’t wither away but I already don’t eat fish and there are so many people that are realzing animals are sentient and also going vegan/vegatarian. The more the merrier. If you want to try, go vegetarian first, its actually super easy and meat starts tasting nasty after a while. If you want to lost weight, go whole foods vegan.

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Bad idea, for many reasons.

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Aquaculture should be done on land, and the waste can be used to fertilize crops.

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We have destroyed our soils don’t destroy our seas

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Food Crisis ya right is that not what Monsanto preaches as well?

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Ducking stupid as shit! We need to start replanting the seaweed forests. Farming fish is a terrible practice just like industrial fishing. It’s alllllllllll fucked and no one knows the solution because every single industry is eating every other industry and their workers. Love you, be kind, write better articles, youre welcome.

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Disease alone is devastating!!! Then we release antibiotics directly into the ocean!

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Try sun gazing then see how you feel about all these lies.

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I heard 5000kg/year of antibiotics are used in Australian fish farming.

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no fish farms they are a breeding ground for disased fish..as for fish, fresh or ocean fish..dont abuse it or you will lose it.

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OMG can we please stop repeating stupid mistakes based on thinking that humans can do better than Mother Nature itself! There are hundreds of super smart reasons why fish live naturally how they live! Let the animals live as they are meant to, so we don’t keep messing up everything that Mother Nature already made perfect. Geez. Why are we so blind??? Go find something else to do with your times and stop “inventing” “solutions” to the problems we created! Better expenditure of creativity might be made in undoing the problems we created? Capitalism is a failed system begging for creative fixes. Plenty to do there.

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Agreed. We will probably be forced to

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I´m glad to see all the sceptical comments here. We have seen what happens in Norway, and now some profitmakers are trying to establish fish farms in the vulneralble inner waters of Denmark. Fish farming in the ocean is NOT at good idea. And it doesn´t bring more food – I heard that it takes as much as 7 kg feede to produce one kg fish. And have you ever tried a salmon from a fish farm? It has no structure, no taste, just a lump of BLAH. … nothing like the fish caught in the wild.

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You kidding? The toxic shit we pump into our oceans – even without Fukushima.

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You know fish farms are killing wild stocks with disease right?

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The answer is to kill everything stop exploiting animals for profit

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I don’t support fish farming at all. Factory farming is factory farming. I won’t eat the stuff thats produced.

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What is the elephant in the room?

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Land-based aquaculture systems are the way to go. The waste products make fantastic fertilizer. Let the oceans stay wild.

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    But we end up with serious diseases in land farms

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    Not really hahaha. It’s super productive and simple to do. I’m aquaculturing tilapia in my apartment. Plus, it’s a closed system, so any parasites stay isolated. Net farms in the open ocean are breeding grounds for disease and often infect was me populations. Just a few months ago, thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped their pen off of the Washington coast, creating a massive disease risk for wild stocks.

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The day I “demand” for farmed fish is never going to happen. Wild and locally caught or else nothing at all.

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