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Aquaculture Innovation, The Path to Meeting Food Demand

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It is time for aquacultureinnovation now. Over the last three decades, aquaculture has grown twelvefold, and become crucial to supplying nutrients to global populations, as well as protecting fish resources in the wild. As a result, the fisheries industry is being called on to adopt more sustainable practices, as proven by recent activities carried out by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The true motor of the business is the wellbeing of the fish. Ensuring health, rather than opting for the use of pharmaceuticals, provides optimal results without risking the development of resistant or entirely new diseases. The right sources of feed are also fundamental to exploit the nutritional value of algae, insects and other sources of protein to substitute fish meal and soy and corn based products. If the first accentuates the impoverishment of sea life, the second is exposed to the threat of international commodity prices, not to mention exposing meat eating species to risk of disease.

In addition, aquaculture requires the correct disposal of waste, which can also turn into an energy resource in the form of biogas or fertilizer.