Nov 15, 2022 in Uncategorized
An Answer to the Issues Facing Overfishing and Food Shortage?

The global fish supply, already under pressure from warming waters, is being depleted by overfishing. According to a report in Bloomberg the world’s fish population is in a dire state, with about half of assessed stocks being overfished. That’s in large part because nations can’t seem to agree on where fishing boundaries lie, and illegal fishing is siphoning off billions from developing countries.

Enter aquaculture. Industrial aquaculture started in earnest about 40 years ago and is now the fastest-growing food supply sector in the world. Fish and crustacean aquaculture generate $146 billion and $81.5 billion per year respectively. But aquaculture has its drawbacks being a serious water pollutant with excess nutrients and fecal matter due to the large numbers and concentrations of farmed fish.

But don’t despair, there is another source.  Both sustainable and ripe for some serious industrial up-scaling. World, reacquaint yourself with bivalves, the unsung slimy superheroes of the seven seas.

The word “bivalves” refers to the family of squishy molluscs that live inside hinged shells – i.e. oysters, mussels, clams, and scallops. Producing more of them could be an easy and commercially viable way of fortifying the global food supply chain.

The feeding process for bivalves involves filtering the seawater they live in to look for tasty morsels of microalgae. Simply put, this means they clean the water as they feed. In addition, in order to build their protective outer shells, they remove carbon dioxide from the water in order to form calcium carbonate — making them the only farmed animals on the planet which reduce the levels of CO2 we pump out rather than actively contribute to them. (This article is based on information provided by The Daily Upside …. }

Filcon Filters  is playing its part in southern Africa  by being a major supplier of filtration equipment to the Aquaculture industry.