Shepherdstown, West Va. -- “We have to keep finding new ways to increase the supply of healthy seafood,” said Joe Hankins, vice president at The Conservation Fund. “Because we continuously filter and clean the water in our tanks, our fish are healthy, and we’ve never had to use antibiotics, pesticides or other treatments to keep them that way. With the new water quality monitoring equipment and control expertise from YSI, we are assuring the best viable alternative to open-water fish farms and protecting wild stocks of salmon and trout.”
“YSI is proud to work in conjunction with quality organizations committed to the environment,” said Tim Grooms, product manager. “Working closely with the Freshwater Institute to continuously provide water quality information in their closed containment aquaculture systems is vital to conserving our most precious resource – water. In addition, placing these systems close to the markets they are intended to serve further reduces consumption of resources and reduces the dependence of extra treatments on their livestock.”
Fish have long been a major part of the world’s diet—and pressures on wild fish have steadily increased. Driving this push to harvest the seas is a steady increase in the number of people worldwide and an even sharper increase in our appetite for fish—up 70 percent annually over the past 50 years.
Today, the aquaculture industry is growing faster than any other sector of food production. More than half of the world’s fish and shellfish are farmed – and the US alone imports 85% of its seafood from farmed sources. Finding cleaner, healthier, and more economical ways to grow fish on land without depleting natural fish stocks or polluting our oceans is a key mission of The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute.
“The time has come to chart a new path forward, with cleaner, healthier and less polluting ways to grow fish on land,” added Hankins. “That is what we’re doing at our Freshwater Institute with the support of YSI.”
About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect your favorite places before they become just a memory. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. Top-ranked, we have protected nearly 7 million acres across America.