Open Water Commercial Fish Farms

| 8/14/2019 9:21:00 AM


Oceanic life is necessary for our planet

Since the subject was recently approached in the comment section of a separate article, perhaps it is a good idea to introduce the proposed concepts for the deepwater or open water commercial fishing industries as proposed in a more sustainable fashion. If there is any real detriment to the implementation of these programs, they will be costly to build, though they will also provide a very real and beneficial long-term return … both financially and environmentally, in addition to the sociological advantage of continuing to provide a long-term benefit to the people of the earth. As such, while it is interesting to theorize, it should be noted that to even begin the studies for such a venture would be more costly than beneficial given the limited capacity of the groups currently involved. However, such studies and ultimately, the construction of commercial deepwater fish farms will be necessary if there is to be any ability to continue feeding the global population.

There is little doubt that commercial fishing under the current methods in place, is not sustainable in any sense of the word. Add in the domestic commercial fishing practices in many third world and developing nations where high explosives are a common tool of the trade, and the damage to our oceans and seas is greatly increased. Factor in the destroyed ecological systems, many of which involve coral reefs and that will take literally thousands of years (or more) to grow back and the picture starts to get clearer … albeit not a very pretty picture. Add in the decimation of commercially viable aquatic species and … well, there is just nothing about the current practices that are sustainable in any real sense. At the end of the day, something must be done before it is too late.

Unfortunately, there are also detriments to attempting to farm commercially viable, deepwater fish in land based fish farms. Water pressures, temperature variations and a host of other factors increase both the costs and challenges, not to mention the effective capacities of these operations. Many shellfish and smaller commercial fish can be successfully grown on land, but this will do little to satisfy the need for tuna, swordfish and a host of other larger, more desirable and profitable species that seemingly need the open oceans to survive. As such, the prospect of deepwater or open water commercial fish farms or fisheries will be necessary in order to maintain the levels of productivity necessary for the continued growth and expansion of the human race.

Deepwater Fishery Facility Designs

There are already some existing companies with rather radical designs for open water and even deep water vessels and even stations. At present, the current designs are such that much of the vessel remains above the water level, though a substantial portion also remains below the water. Given the engineering expertise, it is not overly difficult to imagine a deepwater vessel that will be largely submerged, with little more than lighthouses or towers protruding above the surface of the water. These vessels would ideally be located anywhere from one hundred and fifty feet to three hundred and fifty feet below the surface of the oceans.

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