What is fish farming?
Fish farming, also known as aquaculture, breeds very large numbers of fish for the purpose of processing into food. Its objects are to protect wild stocks of fish while satisfying the demand for healthy fish in the marketplace. To this end it produces around 40% of seafood at this time. The fish may be saltwater or freshwater varieties.
Today a worldwide trend is evolving towards greater integration of fish farming, more government regulation, and closer sharing of information about best practices in fish farming.
What are advantages and disadvantages of fish farming?
Attractions of fish farming are a reliable income, flexible locations (inland and coastal), and the provision of a steady supply of seafood. Fish farming can be undertaken anywhere with a reliable source of water. It produces a steady revenue stream for the fish farmer. Fish farming benefits the wider community by ensuring provision of seafood.
Challenges of fish farming include those problems associated with having thousands of fish crowded together and the waste produced. The solution to these challenges is appropriate software.
How can software help fish farming?
When it comes to software and fish farms, there are some key elements to consider, fish farming software must:
– Track the fish population and report on trends;
– Track feed on hand and project future supply;
– Calculate the cost of goods sold;
– Track tagged fish;
– Simulate the facility and plan future developments.
At the hatchery level software manages the brood stock, any live feed and the production of larvae. For the nursery level software creates uniform batch sizes and controls the many variables in favor of profitable fish farming. Software will generally inform a fish farming enterprise of the cost of the product, report on performance and suggest improvements in efficiency, increasing overall profitability.
Well designed fish farming software will reduce costs of production and simultaneously improve the quality of the product. Scheduling of events in fish farming benefit from reliable software which in turn increases efficiency and utilization of the locality.