We are facing a Protein Deficit.
We believe fish can be the solution to this problem. By 2050, the human population is expected to be 9 to 10 billion.
Our planet cannot sustain the way we produce food to feed ourselves. We need to evaluate and adjust our diet. Fish is a good solution for a number of reasons.
Fish is good for humans.
Fish provide a source of protein that is low in fat and has a number of health benefits for humans. Fish contain beneficial fatty acids particularly those in the Omega 3 group. Fish is believed to help prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol, decrease depression and improve skin problems just to name a few.
Mayo Clinic: Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heart
Mayo Clinic: Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers
American Heart Association: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fish have a very low FCR (Feed Conversion Ratio).
Compared to most human sources of animal based protein, fish have a very low Feed Conversion Ratio - this makes them an efficient source of protein for humans to consume. Feed Conversion Ratio is the amount of food an animal needs to eat in order to convert food into body weight.
We believe Land-Based Containment Aquaculture is a promising new approach because it allows the separation of farmed and wild fish, creating a controllable environment. Having a controlled environment is critical to keep the fish healthy and prevent the spread of disease.
Reasons for Land-Based Closed-Containment
Q. What is aquaculture?
Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments including ponds, rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Aquaculture can be in fresh or marine water. There are different types of aquaculture - net pen, land-based, closed-containment, flow through and recirculating. Bell Farms uses a land-based, closed-containment RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System).
Q. Is aquaculture good for the environment?
Aquaculture, like all things has benefits and drawbacks. We believe that aquaculture is critical to our survival as a species and to the health of our planet. We have a food crisis coming and fish is a very good solution to the problem. We also believe that land-based aquaculture is beneficial as it gives our oceans and rivers a chance to recuperate from over fishing and destructive impacts we have had on the water.
Q. Doesn't it take fish to raise fish?
Yes, in the wild it does take fish to grow fish. Fish consume other fish as part of nature's intended diet. However, extensive research has led us to discover that fish can thrive on alternative protein sources such as soy and nuts.
The fish in to fish out ratio is the common terminology used to calculate the quantity of wild caught fish needed to produce a given quantity of farmed fish. This is the ratio of how many fish are needed to produce another fish. By identifiying alternative protein methods, we have been able to reduce the fish in to fish out ratio to ~1:1 depending on species.
Q. Does aquaculture use a lot of water?
Some forms of aquaculture do use a lot of water but today we have technology that allows us to recirculate and clean the water (RAS) allowing us to reuse 99.64% of our water on a flow basis. Many countries around the world are turning to aquaculture and RAS to address our coming food crisis.
More Focus on RAS in New Danish Aquaculture Strategy
Q. Are farmed fish healthy?
We believe they are when raised in controlled environments. In many cases, containment farmed fish are better because we are able to protect them from uncontrollable factors found in the wild.