Sunday 17 November 2019
1. What is fish farming?

Fish farming is the process of raising fish in an enclosed area for commercial purposes. A fish farm can be built on land or over naturally occurring water bodies.

2. What is open ocean aquaculture?

Open ocean aquaculture, or OOA, refers to offshore fish farming anywhere from three to 200 miles off the coast. This practice uses circular fish pens in which thousands of fish can be successfully reared. The innovative circular net pens allowed the industry to operate further off-shore, tackling all weather conditions in order to provide the fish with good tidal flows and a more favorable natural environment.

Todays aquaculture industry farms a diverse array of species including; Salmonids, such as salmon and trout in the cooler regions of the globe. In recent years however there have been an increasing number of warm water fish farms producing, European sea bass, bream, cobia and many more commercial species.

3. How fish farming will affect to the traditional fishing methods in Sri Lanka?

Oceanpick plans to target the foreign markets and local B to B business. Therefore we will not be competing directly with the local fishermen.

4. Why oceanpick select Barramundi?

Barramundi can grow to a size of 1.5 to 2 pounds in less than a year. It is a highly suitable species for ocean fish farming. It contains only 137 calories with only 2.5g of ‘good fat’ per portion, which is half the calories of salmon, and tops the healthy food choices list. It is easy to cook and has a dense white meaty texture with no little bones to worry about, plus it doesn’t have a strong ‘fishy fish’ odour that will linger in your kitchens and hands. Barramundi is a super alternative to fish like salmon, cod and tilapia.

5. What are the Recognized needs of fish farming in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is blessed with the abundant waters of the glorious Indian Ocean. The island is surrounded by a dramatic and varying coastline, providing the ideal settings for ocean fish farming, but Sri Lanka’s fishing industry is in dire need of a drastic change from its current operations. Nearly 90% of fish in the country comes from wild capture, threatening wild stocks into grave risk of depletion. The island’s attempts at aquaculture have been primarily concentrated in brackish water lagoons, fresh water bodies or inland based ponds. Oceanpick recognizes the value and the unparalleled superiority of ocean-grown fish that is sourced from sustainable methods. Our venture into ocean fish farming brings the much needed transformation in Sri Lanka’s fishery industry.

6. What do farmed fish eat/how to feed them?

After decades of industry research into formulating fish feeds, this sector has developed a pelleted diet that is highly stable in the aquatic environment, yet remains nutritionally complete. Diets fed are consistent in quality and nutritional value, adhering to all the nutritional demands of the fish known to modern science.

Such prestigious diets however come at a high price; diet rations are constantly monitored along with growth, fat content and feed conversion ratios.

7. What are the best practices that oceanpick has taken for the protecting environment?

As Oceanpick pioneers Sri Lanka’s open ocean aquaculture industry, it is important to lead the way in more sustainable practices. For an industry that is well established in many parts of the globe, Oceanpick plans to learn from the mistakes other have made in the past and lead by example.

Primarily farming a species native to Sri Lanka eliminates environmental concerns into escapement of non-native species. This has been an ongoing issue in Canada with the introduction of the non-native Atlantic salmon out competing the native Pacific salmon.

Oceanpick ensures sufficient flow rates and depth beneath its net pens to disperse organic matter, thus minimizing its impact on the environment. This problem poses a threat to many salmon farms located in shallow calm water lochs.

Use of the highest quality diet is efficiently assimilated by the fish to reduce any fecal matter.

Careful analysis of the sea bed by comparing it to sites where no fish farming is present allows for environmental comparisons to be made.

Sites can be fallowed (cease farming in that area) to allow substrate to regenerate back to its previous state if necessary.