Why farm fish?
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. Fish is pretty much the only animal protein that is still hunted. As a result, wild fishery has had to endure the brunt of the demand pressure. Hence, fish farming is an alternative and potentially, the future of protein.
What are other names for barramundi?
Asian Sea Bass, Modha, Bekti, Hira Suzuki are amongst the many. Lates Clacarifer is the scientific name.
What are the best practices that Oceanpick has taken for the protecting environment?
As Oceanpick pioneers South Asia’s open ocean aquaculture industry, it is a role we have taken very seriously. The industry that follows, would need a benchmark to be set and follow and that responsibility has fallen on us.
Primarily farming a species native to Sri Lanka eliminates environmental concerns into escapement of non-native species. This has been an ongoing issue including Barramundi farms in locations where the barramundi was not native to.
Oceanpick ensures sufficient flow rates and depth beneath its net pens to disperse organic matter, thus minimizing its impact on the environment. Use of the highest quality diet is efficiently assimilated by the fish to reduce any fecal matter.
Routine benthic assessments are part of Oceanpick’s protocols. 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.