Aquafarming Development Trust

aquafarming trust

With earth’s burgeoning human populations to feed, we must turn to the sea with a new understanding and new technology. We must farm the sea as we farm the land.

Famous French explorer, filmmaker, scientist, author and conservationist
Jacques Cousteau, 1973

It is expected that by 2050, the planet will see at least an additional 2 billion people at the global dinner table. With today nearly 1 billion people already suffering from hunger and malnourishment, the challenge is to meet this increased demand with ever shrinking water and land resources. To make matters worse, many of the food production practices we are using today are inefficient and unsustainable. Livestock farming is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions at roughly 18%, besides, cattle farming uses more than 15,000 liters of water per kg of beef. With meat demand continually increasing as the 3.8 billion inhabitants of developing countries rise in socioeconomic standing, we simply need to develop more sustainable ways to produce animal protein. A solution to this ever growing demand can be in aquafarming. At present, around 17% of the animal protein consumed worldwide comes from fisheries and aquafarming. Around 12% of the world’s population depend on fisheries and aquafarming. Aquafarming is one of the fastest growing food sectors and provides almost half of the fish for human consumption globally. In developing countries alone, 1 billion people depend on seafood as their primary source of protein. The UNO Aquafarming Development Trust will provide investors with solid returns by investing in opportunities that aim at expanding this vitally important food production sector. Why Fish? trust_aquafarming_development_text Fish is a nutrient rich food, high in quality protein, vitamins, and minerals, while low in cholesterol and calories. According to the renowned pediatrician and author Dr. William Sears: “Substituting fish for meat is one of the best dietary changes you can make for your own and your family’s health”. One of the problems faced through the ever growing demand for fish in the past decades is overfishing. It has caused tremendous population declines for some fish. Some species of tuna, for example, have been harvested to near extinction. Over 50% of fish stocks are considered “fully exploited”, another 32% are considered “overexploited”, “depleted” or “recovering from depletion.” Sustainable aquafarming offers the only viable solution to the growing demand for fish and other seafood. Because of technological advances over the last decade, it is now possible to farm fish – even tuna – sustainably. Aquafarming also reduces the pressure on endangered wild fish stocks and another positive effect is its potential to create opportunities of growth and employment in coastal areas throughout the world. The good news for investors is that the development of this sector will require investments in new technologies and methods to succeed on a global scale. With the expected growth in world population, there is no question that the increased demand for aquafarming is there and that its growth will be significant in the next two decades. What Challenges Exist Today? Despite all its advantages, aquafarming is still a controversially discussed topic. Those in favor, point out that the sea cannot naturally keep up with demand and that farming fish is much less energy intensive than land farming. Critics point towards several problems with today’s aquafarming practices. An example are the large waste plumes that stream out of farming cages due to the high concentration of fish. Indeed, these waste plumes, if left unchecked, can cause considerable problems downstream. “The health of our plant itself, our health and food security, depends on how we treat the blue world.” – FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva Another problem consists in many fish stocks being fed other fish, which will cause depletions in the feed fish species. Some also worry about diseases such as viruses that are introduced by non-native fish that are imported as feed. The good news for investors is that the existing problems can be addressed with new emerging technologies and holistic approaches, to make aquafarming highly profitable and more sustainable. Investing in Sustainable Solutions Among the companies currently working on sustainable solutions for the challenges faced is Kampachi farms (www.kampachifarm.com). They are developing a new type of aquafarming system that can be moved around easily to be placed where the currents are strong enough to allow for a better dissipation of waste plumes. The feeding issue is tackled by companies like Skretting (www.skretting.com) that are developing innovative fish foods that provide everything needed in a sustainable way. One of the biggest opportunities in sustainable fish farming is breeding tuna in captivity. Thanks to specific emerging technologies, Bluefin tuna can now be successfully bred in captivity. This is a game changing innovation that will help protect wild populations, allowing them to recover, while the supply of tuna, it being a healthier option to beef, is ensured. The UNO Aquafarming Development Trust will give investors excellent returns by investing in companies pioneering a new era in aquafarming. The already large and growing demand for this highly nutritious protein source will be met, while saving global fish stocks from continued depletion or even extinction.

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