SF.ca @ SOCAP: Sustainable Aquaculture Session in Quotes

SF.ca @ SOCAP: Sustainable Aquaculture Session in Quotes

Despite our deep desire to the contrary, we can’t be everywhere and document everything happening between the 2,500 people at #SOCAP14. We also want to spend as much time as possible engaging and mining awesome content to share with you in the weeks and months to come! But to give you a taste of what you’re missing in the interim, I will give you some session highlights (as experienced by SF.ca) in quotes!


– “Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector in the world, growing at 7-8% a year globally” – Cheryl Dahle (Future of Fish)

– “Seafood is far and away the most efficient form of animal protein to produce. It takes approximately 6-7 kilos of feed inputs to create 1 kilo of beef for consumer consumption. In comparison, the ratio for seafood is about 1:1. For some fish, like tilapia, it is even less!” – Øistein Thorsen (Benchmark Sustainability Science)

– “The biggest barrier to growing sustainable seafood is communication. There is a lot of waste on the consumer end and a lack of understanding of what we can do for them. Take restaurants. They spend a bundle of time and money trying to source quality 8 oz filets. Fish too small don’t get bought. Fish too big are wasted. Save yourself the time, waste and money. Let us grow what you want!” – Norman McCowan (Bell Aqauaculture)

– “If we can do sustainable seafood in the population density of Brooklyn, NYC then it can be done everywhere! There is no reason why we shouldn’t be consuming 90% domestic fish. But instead, 90% of the seafood we consume in New York (and America) is imported. In Brooklyn, we love to talk about local food, but nobody includes seafood!” – Yemi Amu (Oko Farms)

– “Waste is a big misconception about farmed fish. People ask about what the water quality is like, what are the fish eating, what happens to the waste because they’ve heard all these terrible things 20 years ago about farmed fish. How do we get rid of our nitrates?  Through a manmade wetland. Our RAS technology lets us reuse 99.64% of our water on a flow basis. This is what fish farm runoff used to look like (at this point, he lifts up his coffee cup and pours it out). This is what ours looks like (he picks up a glass of water and drinks it to a round of applause).” – Norman McCowan

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