Sustainable Aquaculture Now, More than 3 Fish per Ocean Later

by Username on April 19, 2018 - 11:03pm

    The article Sustainable Seafood Farms Can Help Asia’s Oceans, published by the Asian Pacific Post, focuses on the increasingly alarming rate of destruction or the Asian marine ecosystem along with the imminent collapse of itself and the fishing industry, while also present certain solutions. It informs us that across Asia, 64 % of the resource bases for fisheries at between a medium and elevated risk of overfishing, with estimates that by 2048, there would be no fish left for commercial fishing. Not only would there be so little fish left that the industry would collapse, but it would also bring about the depletion of its biodiversity (45 %), and a 90 % loss of its crucial corals (Mata press service, 2018). The cause of these issue? Overfishing, aggressive overconsumption/demand, and as remaining fish populations diminish, competition grows fiercer, leading to a redoubling of the original factors. The article also covered a possible solution to this set of environmental concerns and issue, aquaculture. Aquaculture is quite simply the farming of sea life, meaning that rather than depleting the ocean of its fish population, the industry would, instead, produce and fertilise the amount of eggs required, raise the fish in their artificial environment, collect them and restart the process. This greatly reduced the environmental impact of overfishing industries, according to the experts which attended the fisheries summit in Bangkok, held by the Asia Foundation, and would also provide more employment and generate foreign income (Mata press service, 2018). At the moment, Asian countries account for over 90 % of all aquaculture, with China producing around 51.4 million tonnes of famed fish each year, as the article explains. This method is not enough, however, as the author explains, each country must attempt to reduce their demand in order to preserve as much of the natural ecosystem while each fishing industry countries beings to make its changes towards aquaculture.

      In my opinion, everyone has a role to play in this issue, governments, companies and individuals. Governments must put in place plans of action, initiative and guidelines for companies to follow in order to create a more environmentally friendly fishing industry, while as individuals must do their best to reduce their overconsumption. Governments must also put into place policies that will make it in the industries interest to make the expensive change from fishing, to harvesting, by providing incentives such as tax-reductions and investments. As I grazed on, one of the biggest roadblocks for this will be the cost. It comes to no surprise that putting into place such changes for such a massive industry comes with a hefty price tag with no major “upside” to the company other than saving the earth, which as it turns out, if often to little. So, what do you think? Should we push to have overfishing replaced by sustainable aquaculture, or just resign to the fact that in less than 50 years the oceans will have about as much marine life in them as the dead sea does now?


Mata Press Service. (2018, April 17). Sustainable seafood farms can help Asia's oceans. Retrieved April 18, 2018, from’s-oceans.html


The problem with sustaniable fishing is that it assumes that the growth rate of a species will be constant, but fails to take into account changes in the environment and that they do not live in isolation and as such, there are countless other variables in play that are never taken into account when looking at sustainable fishing. In order for sustainable fishing to be successful, every aspect of the eco system has to be analysed in order for the species in that eco system to survive and flourish. Everything from the specie them self to there predators to our very affects must be looked at with a fine toothed comb.

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