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Viable Aquaculture – How to ensure success and profitability

The world’s appetite for fish is ever-growing. As the demand increases, so does the urgency to find viable solutions to meet such demands.

Over the years, aquaculture, otherwise known as fish farming, has rapidly developed in order to meet global fish demands which the oceans can no longer sustain.

Aquaculture South Africa

Aquaponics and aquaculture in South Africa

On average, farmed fish convert feed to edible food as efficiently as poultry, making farmed fish an attractive option for expanding the worldwide animal protein supply.

And when aquaculture is combined with hydroponics we have a remarkably environmentally friendly system. The land footprint is minimal and water usage a fraction of traditional agriculture requirements.

In ‘aquaponics,’ costly fertilisers are eliminated as plants are fertilised via the fish waste and the water, purified by the plants, recirculates to the fish.

However, viable aquaculture requires a good understanding of the processes, reliable management structures, and consistent monitoring.

Without these elements, harvests may fail, putting financial returns under pressure.

This article focuses on those three key criteria, management, monitoring and mentoring which together ensure aqua project profitability.

1. Aquaculture Project Management

An aquaculture project lacking effective management will not only struggle to identify areas of dysfunction but will also not be able to gauge profitability.

With effective management systems problem areas are promptly and systematically attended to.

And only with effective financial management and budgetary control will the fish farming project’s sustainability be assured.

2. Aquaculture Project Monitoring

Our studies repeatedly show that without online monitoring, aqua projects are punctuated by a variety of mishaps ranging from recoverable to disastrous. Automation is key to project success and optimal management.

Viable aquaculture is necessarily intensive and either human or 24/7 automated response to out of line conditions must compensate for buffers that are present in natural systems.

If water levels drop or its quality deteriorates fish stocks may perish. And for optimal rearing and breeding environments we need to easily tweak set points for temperatures, feeding parameters, dissolved oxygen levels or react swiftly to ORP warning signals.

Allen Associates installs quality aquaculture monitoring systems for monitoring and automated control. Real-time data flows to and from any remote location often avoiding costly travel by scientists and personnel.

3. Aquaculture Project Mentoring

Information and understanding are key to aquaculture success. Under-equipped and untrained personnel cannot run an aqua project successfully.

Allen Associates aquaculture training and mentoring program ensures that all persons involved understand their duties and how those duties fit into the overall project.

Allen Associates – CIAC Aquaculture Systems South Africa

The key to viable aquaponics and aquaculture projects lies in effective management, monitoring and mentoring. Our robust CIAC automation system turns that theory into reality.

Allen Associates’ monitoring and control systems boost industry and research across the sub-continent. 

We will welcome your request for more information on CIAC automation applied to your aqua project.

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