The supply of wild seafood is down in Australia and that is boosting interest in the introduction of commercial fish farms to defray the rising cost of wild caught fish. The scarcity of these fish are making prices prohibitive for all but the most affluent of residents. Fish farms could provide organic substitutes for these increasingly rare specimens which will lower the cost so that all can take advantage of the nutritional benefits of fish.
A dwindling supply and rising costs of wild fish are facing consumers and farmed product is one option.
In 2011, funding was allocated to creating WA’s first zones, one in the Kimberley and the other in the Mid West, for ocean fish farms to meet the growing demand for finfish like Pink Snapper.
The Department of Fisheries says after an extensive site selection process, the Kimberly zone at Cone Bay is close to completion and the Mid West zone is due to be established by 2014.
The department’s John Eyres says there are a number of factors which will determine the final location for the Mid West.
“We would like to avoid prime fishing ground and we also need to be relatively close to a major population centre,” he said.
“Aquaculture always needs some form of shelter from the elements, we would like to be within the leeward side of an island or reef and we would also like to avoid coral, seagrass and any fauna breeding sites.”
The zones are essentially designed to streamline the approval processes for aquaculture investors from the current average of about four years to around six months. Click this link to finish reading Farming fish as demand goes up but supply is down.
Low in fat and high in protein and other essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and zinc makes seafood a natural when incorporating meat into a low fat diet. Now when you add in lower cost the economic viability of aquafarms becomes apparent. It appears that Australians can look forward to many future meals made possible by home-grown seafood.