Tuesday, November 21, 2017

22/11/2017: Solving disease and pollution issues: The potential for aquaculture in Australia

by John Knights, Business Manager, Asia, Calix

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food production sector in the world*

However, irresponsible aquaculture can negatively impact the environment. Chemicals can pollute the water and disease can spread rapidly, threatening entire species.


Therefore, the industry’s key challenge is finding innovative and sustainable aquaculture solutions that contribute to food security, nutrition, livelihoods, and economic growth, according to Calix.

Australians are demanding to know where their food is sourced, and are increasingly making purchasing decisions based on country of origin. It is time Australia stepped up when it comes to aquaculture.

Our farmers are knowledgeable and we have one of the cleanest industries in the world. Australia could become one of the world’s leading providers of seafood. Currently we import most of the prawns we eat, for example, from Asia.

But there is plenty of potential for Australian prawn farms to lead the world. There are many places ripe for creating sustainable prawn farms including northern New South Wales, Townsville, and Darwin.

With the right approach to prawn farming and other types of aquaculture, not only could we provide our own produce, we could also export much more to many Asian countries such as Japan and Korea, who pay top price for quality produce, as well as Europe and the USA.

These countries are looking for reputable, clean sources of food. One of the most important ways to help Australian aquaculture businesses succeed is to make it easy for them to farm sustainably and cleanly.

Calix has developed a safe, environmentally friendly water conditioner that directly addresses problems associated with intense aquaculture such as disease and pollution, and delivers improved feed performance and yield. Calix has developed AQUA-Cal+™ from its core technology, mineral honeycomb.

Results from testing on both Pacific White Shrimp and Tiger Prawn farms show that AQUA-Cal+™ has a superior performance and economic benefit to the farmer compared to other methods such as administering probiotics.


* http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/aquaculture.cfm 

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Calix website, HERE.

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