What is Aquaculture?
Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic animals and plants, under varying degrees of controlled conditions, both in marine and freshwater environments. Aquaculture is rapidly increasing production to replace the decreasing catches from wild fishery, which have been heavily documented. In 1986 only 14% of the world's seafood was produced from aquaculture, whilst now aquaculture production accounts for almost 50% of total seafood produced.
The global aquaculture industry is valued at US$60 Billion per annum, including fish supply from traditional fishing. Between 2007 and 2012 traditional fisheries contracted 0.5%, whilst aquaculture grew by over 6% annually.
Sustainable Aquaculture Farming
The demand for seafood worldwide has increased dramatically in the last 50 years, where in the 1960s the average per capita consumption of fish was 10kgs, today it has reached approximately 20kgs. However, over 80% of fish stocks are either over-exploited or fully exploited, and without the support from aquaculture the regular supply of fish for human consumption would cease within 50 years. Marianvale Blue has helped to redress this situation by building the largest sustainable indoor Murray Cod aquaculture facility in Australia.
The process of Aquaculture or the farming of fish allows us to produce high quality species in significant quantities which would not normally be available to the public.
At Marianvale Blue, we have a unique and well-researched process, which is a Recirculated Aquaculture System, utilising million-year-old bore water untouched by human hands in the pristine setting of Marianvale set on over 3000 acres of lush land.