Not only fish
, but advancements in aquaculture in recent years are giving us mussels, crab
s and other shellfish.
Aquaculture is the raising of water-residing livestock
. This allows the taste and size of the yummy
creatures in question to be controlled. In some cases (like mussels) the farmed variants are of higher quality
(as a food) than the wild variety. (in the case of mussel
s you end up with a thinner shell and larger meat, catfish are not as "muddy" tasting and contain fewer parasites).
Aquaculture is also a boon
to the environmentalist movement. Most aquacultural methods have minimal impact on the environment
, and indeed aquaculture is being used to preserve the wild population
s of certain species (such as salmon
). Also, new architectual designs of breeding and holding tanks use up less land and resources than the raising of cattle
Aquaculture is currently a growing industry but it will provide us with cheaper seafood (something I am all for).
If anyone can give me some downsides to aquaculture I'd love a "couterpoint" posted here