Fish farming explained

Fish farming explained

There are many types of farming that people do on a regular basis. When people think about farming, they often think about fields and crops. However, that is not the only type of farming; there is fish farming.

Fish farming begins with fertilized eggs, which have been harvested from adult female farm-raised fish. After the roe is collected, it is fertilized artificially by extracting the sperm from adult male farm-raised fish. Then the fertilized roe is watched carefully and incubated in hatcheries for about a year. This is the most critical stage of their growth. As soon as the fish are big enough, they are sent to ocean farms. The fish are transported via truck to the ocean, then on a boat to the ocean farm. The farms have about eight to twelve enclosures that hold fifty thousand fish. This may seem like a lot but, in fact, the fish take up less than three percent of the space.

The staff members, who have been trained in fish farming techniques, take turns monitoring the fish in the fish farm enclosures and making sure predators, such as sea lions, seal, and wild salmon, don’t break through the netting. The fish are raised for two more years until they weigh around five to six kg. Then they are harvested, taken to a processing plant, and then shipped to various stores. When they are sold, they have to be labeled as “farm raised.”

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