Supersizing fish farms – the way forwards?

There has been much debate in Tasmania regarding the salmon industry – how much farming there should be and where it should occur. Part of the debate has revolved around whether farms should move to more exposed or offshore locations, where many of the problematic interactions with coastal environments and communities might diminish.

In that context, SALTT has been closely following global innovation trends in aquaculture. There is now a distinct movement towards bigger farming units in more exposed locations to solve similar problems.

Check out this video – construction of the world’s largest fish pen, capable of holding 1.5 million salmon at harvest size (that is about 7500 tons!), built in China for a Norwegian salmon farming company.

The world will be watching how successful this new technology is and if it can crack open some of the problems current day farms face.