Biosecurity becoming an increasingly important factor in aquaculture
6 October 2016--In a changing and more threatening world, aquaculture producers are moving to more secure methods to produce their finfish and shellfish.
Specifically, shrimp farmers find it increasingly difficult to produce their crops with a high degree of confidence they will reach market size. Too often, disease or other threats intervene to create what can be a nightmare scenario.
Outdoor shrimp ponds come under attack from predators (usually birds and mammals), disease organisms (e.g., Vibrio, white spot syndrome virus, and others), and sometimes even thieves. These unwelcomed visitors can decimate crops and destroy what would otherwise be a profitable production cycle.
Fisheries Technology Associates has been asked by an American client to aid him in upgrading several large shrimp farms in Mexico to greater standards of biosecurity and safety for resident shrimp. The process involves moving production indoors, and eliminating the ability of predators and diseases to impact production.
Our work will begin very soon, and extend well into the future as more and more shrimp producers make the transition to indoor, biosecure production.
Aquaponics and marijuana production: a match made in heaven?
20 July 2016--In a state where the production and consumption of both medical and recreational marijuana are legal, we are seeing interest in integrating the production of fish with the production of marijuana.
As a logical extension to the production of lettuce and tomatoes and other high-value vegetables, we have been approached to apply aquaponic production technologies to the production of marijuana. In our view, this "production partnership" makes perfect sense.
The products of aquaponics are high in quality and help to reduce discharge from aquaculture facilities, if not eliminate it all together. Within the state of Colorado, cannabis production occurs almost exclusively indoors. Using fish-production effluents to fertilizer pot plants is a logical expansion of the original theme where production can occur indoors on a year-round basis, even during a cold Colorado winter.
We will be working closely over the next year to help our client develop production capabilities with both fish and marijuana, and do it in a way that is highly sustainable and uses no pesticides (a process called integrated pest management) and high-quality feeds and other raw materials.
1 March 2016--Africa is becoming the new aquaculture "hot spot."
There is a new sense of optimism and opportunity in many African countries--particularly in those areas with reserves of oil and gas or other valuable natural resources. This new-found prosperity is leading to a focus on food security, exports, and ways to improve the standard of living for local residents.
On a relative basis, the continent of Africa is virtually untapped in terms of its potential for aquaculture and aquaponic production. In addition, its favorable climate for the production of a wide range of species, and its proximity to markets in Europe and Asia suggest that Africa has a bright future as an aquaculture powerhouse.
Fisheries Technology Associates is teaming with several companies to develop both aquaculture and aquaponics facilities in a number of African nations, including Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and South Sudan. As these projects unfold, we will provide a full range of services including technical and financial feasibility analysis, design, construction oversight, and management.
Our work will continue as we expand our services to other nations within Africa.
Barramundi make a splash in America's Heartland
1 October 2015--Will Iowa become the new "Fish Belt"? Only time will tell, but a new push to produce Barramundi in indoor recirculating aquaculture systems within the state is raising expectations.
A Texas company has big plans to raise Barramundi--an Australian native also known as seabass--using indoor systems to accommodate year-round production. Production is currently underway in Iowa, with plans to expand the operation to other U.S. states and Canada.
Fisheries Technology Associates has been asked to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of the venture for potential investors. Our work includes a market evaluation and assessment of the production technology. The success of this venture could have a profound effect on the future of indoor aquaculture here in the U.S.
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Fisheries Technology Associates, Inc.