With current events such as Florida’s red tide heavy on many people’s minds, it’s more important than ever before to focus on the quality of the water in which our aquaculture practices take place. Responsible aquaculture practices can be implemented in order to facilitate positive environmental effects.
A natural filtration system
Oysters are known for being an essential part of aquatic ecosystems by acting as natural water filters to improve the quality of water in which they inhabit. Adult oysters have the ability to filter one to two gallons of water an hour removing algae, plankton, and other elements that negatively impact water quality.
Scientists’ research on the overall effects of oysters as a natural water filter are ongoing. But a recent study by the Virginia Commonwealth University showed that large-scale oyster farms can reduce the amount of nutrient pollution by bio-assimilating nitrogen and phosphorous in the water.
Although oyster farms won’t be able to fix all the ocean’s problems, any little bit can help. Removing excess nutrients from the water can help reduce pollution and harmful algae blooms over time.
Can seaweed fight ocean acidification?
When you hear about seaweed your mind might immediately jump to it being a slimy and smelly irritation, but farmers are now testing the benefits that come from farming seaweeds like kelp.
Ocean acidification is a huge issue that we’re currently facing, but kelp might be able to help. Kelp, like every plant, takes in carbon dioxide from the surrounding environment. In this case, the carbon dioxide is being removed from the ocean, not the air; therefore, giving shellfish and other organisms negatively impacted by ocean acidification a better chance of survival.
In addition to providing a sustainable food source, aquaculture can be used to help restore or enhance habitats or species that are struggling or facing extinction. Aquaculture can be used to counteract the negative impacts of overfishing and climate to change to accelerate the recovery of these damaged ecosystems.
Continuously monitor water quality
Aquasend is dedicated to providing unique ideas and modern solutions to the aquaculture industry. We understand the importance of monitoring water quality and receiving real-time data; to learn more about the solutions we provide to farmers, contact us today.