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Monday, March 6, 2017

07/03/2017: Creating jobs, countering poverty and ensuring global protein intake: why technology transfer is key

By Renate Hjørnevik, AKVA Group ASA, Bryne, Norway

Aquaculture will be an essential factor in the challenge facing food production for a global population, which according to WHO, will reach 9.7 billion in 2050


This makes it essential to progress as a sustainable and efficient industry that recognises the value of investing in development, for example in innovative net cleaning systems.

 
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Fish and seafood are far more sustainable and have a lower carbon footprint than meat and dairy products.

Research shows that one kilogram of salmon fillet from farming to wholesaler has emissions of approximately 2.5 CO2 equivalents, the unit used in greenhouse gas accounts to compare emissions.

The carbon footprint of farmed salmon is thus far lower than for example the production of beef (30 CO2 equivalents per kilogram) and pork (5.9 CO2 equivalents).

EAT founder, Dr Gunhild Stordalen in an interview with laks.no claimed that, “Using the sea as the new larder to feed a growing population with lots of healthy nutrients, good sources of protein, and not least Omega-3 and numerous micro-nutrients, will be one of the great challenges, yet also huge opportunities we have.”

Huge potential

More and more consumers care about where their food comes from, but many are still unaware that salmon is far more climate-friendly than all other typical meat-based meals.

This has global consequences, and is definitely something one should take into account when planning dinner.

Only five percent of food production is currently from the sea, and this means there is huge potential in a future-oriented industry.

The aquaculture industry has its challenges, but these are issues that can be resolved. Technology is the foremost solution in connection with this, and currently vast resources are being spent on innovation in the industry.

Net cleaning for welfare and value Billions of dollars are being invested in the fish farming industry around the world.

Rationalisation of the operation of fish farming facilities is an incredibly important element in connection with this, and a natural step is thus to ensure improved and more efficient net cleaning, which is an area firmly in AKVA group's sights.


Read the full article HERE.

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