Aquaculturists and Associations

Aquaculturists specialize in large scale of aquaculture and fishery products as cash crops. They catch and harvest, raise and culture fish and shellfish such as shrimps, lobsters, etc. under controlled conditions for release into fresh or salt water. Many aquaculturists and associations are involved in commercial fish farms and specialize in freshwater or marine animals. Aquaculture has been identified as a critical industry because of the popularity of its produce and the declining yields worldwide.
 
Works and duties of aquaculturists:
Aquaculturists and Associations
  • Feeds aquatic animals with correct diet
  • Monitors the quality of water and environmental conditions 
  • Stocks ponds
  • Checks for diseases in aquatic animals 
  • Maintains and services the marine equipment 
  • Sells products on behalf of companies to fish farmers researches

Impacts of aquaculture associations:
  • Nutrient pollution – especially with intensive aquaculture farms there is an issue of irresponsible waste discharge from the farms which result in contamination of nearby water and soil. If chemical nutrients and foods dissolve in farm water they cause eutrophication.
  • Habitat destruction – the creation of ponds for culturing marine shrimps is one of the good example of habitat destruction.
  • Chemicals used to control diseases – drugs and chemicals used in fish farms to control  bacterial, fungal, viral and other pathogenic matter may get into contact with other aquatic organisms nearby. Too much use of such drugs can also affect humans who eat seafoods.

Importance of aquaculture:
  • Health benefits – the demand of seafood has increased because people have learned that seafoods as part of regular diet are healthier and helps to fight against cardiovascular disease, cancer, alzheimer's and many other major illnesses.
  • Economic benefits – the farms in regions without significant water bodies will provide job opportunities. People will be involved in the entire business chain as researchers, breeders, fish food manufacturers and equipment manufacturers, etc.
  • Environmental benefits – there are real advancements in types of aquaculture systems especially to offshore systems. There are bio-security systems, cameras, surveillance infrastructure and trained inspectors which ensure that farms are complying by environmentally safe practices. This helps to reduce diseases  transfer in water and so on. 

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