Aquaculture in Canada
Farming can also take place in tanks, ponds, lakes and ocean. Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms in fresh or salt water.
Isn’t there enough fish in the wild?
Wild fish stocks are currently fished to their limits and overfishing has resulted in declining numbers of wild fish e.g. Pacific salmon and Atlantic cod. Consumption of farmed fish may help to decrease the need to harvest stocks of wild fish.
On a global basis, fish are the primary source of animal protein in human diets. Aquaculture accounts for more than 50% of the world’s fish consumption.
Fish feeding Fish
One of the controversies facing the aquaculture industry is the use of fishmeal and oil, made from wild fish, for feed. Globally, aquaculture uses about half a metric ton of wild whole fish combined with other nutrient sources to produce one metric ton of farmed seafood. Partnerships with industry, government and universities are working on new sources of plant-based proteins and oils for fish feeds.
Journey 2050 Lesson: 3
This resource is a great addition to Lesson 3 – Water
What are GMOs and are they okay to eat? What does organic farming look like? How are animals like chickens or cattle raised?
snapAG is a series of resources that invite students to explore the hot topics affecting the agriculture industry today. Topics range from organics, biotechnology, GMOs, livestock, and more.
Explore what’s trending in agriculture in Canada by browsing the topics here.
Sources available at: https://aitc-canada.ca/en-ca/learn-about-agriculture
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