October 19, 2015 | BIT Magazine Wild-caught salmon can be expensive and as demand rises fisheries can face unsustainable stress. Farmed salmon is often done in enclosed pens in the ocean. Pathogens and parasites from the ocean tend to prey on these fish, requiring pesticides and medication to be applied. Worst of all, illness that sweeps through these overcrowded populations ends up affecting wild salmon as well.
A solution to solve all of these problems may be land-based salmon farming. A land-based facility isolates the stock from the sea. That means pathogens and parasites cannot infect these salmon, and pandemics at these facilities cannot in turn infect wild salmon populations. These land-based systems are easier to monitor and variables easier to control. The only thing left is the perfection and improvement of these systems, and of course their proliferation across the existing salmon industry.
KUTERRA raises Atlantic salmon in British Columbia, Canada at a land-based facility. They have showcased their facility in the video below.
The construction of artificial habitats to raise fish that we once depended on the sea for may allow more sustainable fishing to be practiced, natural ecosystems restored, and destructive sea-based farming facilities either reduced or entirely replaced. It is a technological solution to an increasingly polarized problem.
Another added benefit of KUTERRA's operation and others like it, is that artificial habitats for raising salmon on Earth may someday be utilized to raise them off of Earth. The ability to raise food with a minimum impact on the Earth also means the ability to raise food with a minimum dependence on external environments that may not be ideal for raising food in the first place.