FISH FARMING DIVISION
Mission – the mission of EIF’s Organic Fish Farming Division — is to develop aquaculture — ocean and freshwater fish industry systems, utilizing available research, organic mechanisms and production capabilities appropriate to meeting increasing demand as wild-fish stocks decline.
Goal – the goal of EIF is to engage multi-faceted approaches, expand a growing industry, consistently provide large quantities of fish and seafood to supply markets; support the economy — hiring thousands of skilled workers in company operations and ancillary services and take care of the water-based environment while reducing hunger globally.
Organic Fish Farming
According to the United Nations, the world’s population has exploded exponentially in the last several decades, placing increasing pressure on food supply. Deep sea or ocean fishing has largely been the resource of wild-fish stock. But these stocks are declining around the globe, dictating that fish farming be adapted and expanded now, if the next generation is to ensure seafood stays on the dinner plates of fish lovers generations to come.
EIF’s commitment to Organic Fish Farming is the reason it has dedicated an entire division to aquaculture. Polluted ocean waters and environmental problems give rise to dependence on immediate research available regarding freshwater farming being a viable alternative in sustaining farmed seafood supply.
Here are a few benefits:
Aquaculture poses low risk to the environment. Impacts are typically local and temporary.
Aquaculture benefits the environment. In cases where filter-feeding shellfish, like oysters occur, they are cultured in-situ — the water quality in ponds and lakes improve.
Even though natural fisheries have limitations on how many fish can be caught, they are only available during certain months of the year; however, by combining scientific knowledge and modern technology with traditional farming practices for raising organic fish in structured facilities, the chances of polluting waters are greatly reduced.
Additionally, the economic effect is astounding. Aquaculture provides thousands of jobs in research, production, marketing and sales and scores of ancillary services.
According to the Environmental Defense Fund — a non-profit environmental organization, global fisheries exports, earn more revenue than any other traded food commodity in the world, including rice, cocoa or coffee. EIF’s focus therefore is to partner with local entrepreneurs, corporate and group farmers to provide jobs and support local family businesses.
3 John I: 2 declares, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth”.
Helping to eliminate hunger in the United States and indeed the world is the ultimate goal of Eagles in Flight — Organic Fish Farming Division.
Aquaculture systems are the most eco-friendly systems available, especially when they are re-circulating. They use minimum water and have the least environmentally hazardous waste removal methods. Developing aquaculture farming systems in tandem with agriculture is becoming the more popular environmentally-friendly option for organic farmers.
An example of the fish development process is — fish convert feed into body tissue — and is done more efficiently than most farm animals — transforming about 70 percent of their feed into flesh. Fish also have excellent dress-out qualities, providing an average of 60 percent body weight. This makes it a more marketable product with greater proportions of edible lean tissue than most other livestock.
According to some experts, increasing demand for fresh fish has put a strain on natural populations. Aquaculture — the cultivation of marine fish, is gaining popularity meeting this demand. During the last decade, organic fish farming has achieved even greater reception in the United States as a viable option to seafood. Additionally, healthy-reared fish is guaranteed to be free of diseases, pesticides and other harmful toxicants — validating them to be a more desirable substitute than wild-fish caught in potentially polluted natural waters.
Aquaculture, also known as inland fisheries in other parts of the world, is one of the fastest growing food production sectors on the planet. More importantly, it is fundamental as a sustainable seafood source and a vital solution to the global food problem. Further, it is a panacea — satisfying fish demand and helping natural stock populations and growth — thereby lessening the strain on stressed fisheries.
”Balancing accelerated food production with sustainability is a tricky act, but scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston — describe how aquaculture could possibly pull it off, and explains what challenges lie on the road ahead. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — Aquaculture Program leader Jeffrey Silverstein, points out that 70 percent of the earth is covered in water, yet only 1.5 percent of human food is drawn from it. Finned fish are much more efficient sources of protein than other kinds of livestock — for every pound of food you put into a fish, you get about a pound of body weight.
Therefore to increase sustainability, fish farmers have been turning to fish-diets that consist of more and more plant products and less and less fish meal. Using plant products brings its own host of problems. Significantly — farmed fish that dines more on plants, than on animals tends to be less oily and nutritious. Frequently, farmed fish have to be fed fish oil near the end of their lives to help make them healthier for humans to eat. One of the ways to mitigate that dip in nutrition could be to turn to an alternative source of fish food — microbes.
In 2006, fish farmers raised nearly 70 million tons of seafood worth more than 80 billion dollars — nearly doubling the volume of a decade earlier. Experts predict farmed seafood will grow an additional 70 percent by 2030.
Innovative industry practices are key to sustainable fish farming, but a shift in adopted practices will also require fundamental changes in public attitudes. This includes a willingness to prioritize fish that are lower on the food chain, such as, shellfish and tilapia.
Nearly half of the seafood eaten today is farmed. And while aquaculture is often equated with pollution, habitat degradation and health risks, this explosive growth in fish farming may in fact be the most hopeful trend in the world’s increasingly troubled food system, according to a new World Watch Institute report.
Generally, fish farms produce waste and pollute surrounding waters because of high concentrations and limited fish mobility. These factors also leave fish more susceptible to disease. However, organic aquaculture farms that integrate complementary species, greatly reduce pollution and disease levels.
Fish farming can help restore degraded coral reefs and wetlands. The metal cages that hold farmed shellfish often function as artificial reefs around which striped bass, shad, and other marine species congregate. In the Caribbean, for example, the Caicos Conch Farm — raises King conch not just to sell to restaurants around the world, but to help re-seed coral reefs with this keystone species. http://www.blog.thesietch.org/2008/10/page/14/
Just as changing fish-food will likely also help cut the carbon footprint of many fish farms, humans also need to take into account what they are putting into their bodies. Organic fish, fed with organic food — when eaten, provide natural essential God-supplied nutrients added to their diets.
Psalms 107: 9 — For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness”.
Proverbs 10: 21 — The lips of the righteous feed many.