Aquaculture is a great benefit to the population. Protein filled fish aren’t consumed by humans half as much as beef and chicken(fish 7kg, beef 31kg and 29kg of chicken). With a shortage of fish due to dams, pollution, and habitat lose fish are a high expense so many people are optioning for the less expensive beef and chicken.
Fish is an excellent source of nutrition and a healthier source of protein than beef and chicken. Being lower in cholesterol, and having fewer calories than beef it is definitely better but more expensive. Cold-water fish suck as salmon and the makerel, contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which may prevent heart disease. There are many kinds of fish that can be mass produced such as salmon, sturgeon, yellowtail, shrimp, lobsters, crabs, oysters, and clams. With numbers this high in fish that can be grazed it will soon give some relief on the meat industry.
Aguaculture does ha a negative effect on the environment though, and its not all fish that can be mass produced because of the environment they have to live in. With disease at a high rate and being very common in these aqaucultures that is why most fish can’t survive in these tight areas. With all the diseases and high cost to keep these places up and running it makes aquaculture an expensive investment and sometimes not worth it to the investor. Along with disease and high numbers of fish comes fish waste. Fish waste is high in these small contained areas and most of these areas are located on the coastal lines of our beaches. In turn polluting our swimming water and other types of fish that aren’t being farmed.
Aquaculture has many good parts to it and many bad parts just like all other types of farming. I feel though that it is a good thing to the environment and population to make fish more easily accessible, and to give the meat farms some relief. Graising animals ruin many acres of land each year and if we were to eat more fish and less meat less open land rain forests would be destroyed from pasteurization. But with fish farming that would bring about more hormone raised food.