Aquaculture can reduce the pressure on wild caught fish. If you are a consumer, you may already have an idea whether your fish came from a fish farm or where wild-caught. But how many of us know about the environmental impacts?

In the U.S. we import over 80% of the seafood we eat. Half of the seafood in the market comes from fish farms. There is a growing demand for safe, healthy, environmentally friendly, seafood in the United States. This is really encouraging for local fish farmers, or those who wish to enter the home based fish farming business.

New fish farming systems

Flow-through farming 4There are a number of farmers around the country who gather in a farmer’s market and sell their organically grown fruits and veggies. Along with them, there is a growing number of fish farmers who sell their locally farmed fish every week.

The common method of raising fish in a local farm involves starting with fingerlings raised in a hatchery. They are larger and more robust than hatching your own and can easily grow to marketable size very fast. Modern  fish farmers use various methods for raising their fish, either in their small ponds or indoors in containers.  They have used conventional fish ponds, backyard ponds, cage system, raceway aquaculture systems and have even raised fish in barrels.

The Aquapod marine containment system

The “Aquapod System” is a new method of marine containment system, which is used for eco-friendly fish farming. This method of fish farming uses large cages made with wire submerged under water that allows fish to be raised in their natural habitat while keeping them contained.

The founder of Aquapod system, Steve Page believes that this could be the future of marine fish farming in an eco-friendly way. It’s profitable, sustainable and could change the way marine fish are farmed.

The strong structure of the Aquapod gives it the advantage over other net or cage system aquaculture. It can withstand harsh weather conditions; it will hold up to a hurricane and also protect fish from common predators.  (Source: Bloomberg)


Aquaculture is one way of producing enough high quality animal based protein for human consumption. The growing population and demand for fish has motivated fish farmers around the globe to find sustainable methods of aquaculture so that the wild fish stocks can be restored while we get a steady supply of seafood. Fish farming is profitable and it could also be eco-friendly when we practice responsible aquaculture methods.

Deep Sea Fish Farming in Geodesic Domes

Video Credit: Motherboard

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