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ABOUT GROWFISH

GROWFISH INTERNATIONAL

 

Growfish International is a newly formed company with a combined global knowledge and network of over 50 years. The project research and collateral to date has been put together by the team over the past 3 years. The team is very diverse, capable of dealing with all aspects of the business, be it local or international. We have, as a team, managed to put together global leading experts to provide all levels of product and expertise to build a sustainable and profitable business. We understand our strengths and weaknesses and will in turn make sure we make use of experts and consultants when required.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Over the last 20 years, ecological aquaculture practitioners have thoroughly demonstrated "proof of principle" in designing, engineering, and implementing models of aquaculture ecosystems suitable for diverse natural and social ecosystems. These sustainable, ecological aquaculture systems (SEAS) demonstrate innovations in the integration of mariculture and marine ecosystems, combined aquaculture, agriculture and restoration, and incorporate advances in input- and output management, solar, water and wind energy.

 

Fish are the world's most important source of animal protein, especially for the poor, and demands for fish proteins are increasing 100 fold rapidly. Fish contribute more animal protein for human consumption than beef and poultry combined. The coastal economies of all nations are dependent on fishery products. An estimated 15 million people are employed directly in fishing, and millions more work in marketing, processing, and other associated manufacturing activities.

 

Market Overview - THE WORLD STATE OF FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE 2013

 

Global Fishing business value is US$227.5 billion. Global production is around 154 million tonnes per annum. In the last 3 decades, world fish production on aquaculture has expanded 12 times, at an average of 8.8% per annum. It has been estimated that to maintain the current level per capita consumption, by 2020 the world requires another 26 million tonnes of aquatic animal food which aquaculture will have to provide. By 2018 farmed fish is expected to exceed captured fish for human consumption for the first time

 

About 2/3 of the world's marine fisheries are fully exploited, overexploited, or depleted, and it is estimated that more than 25% of the world's fisheries catch is discarded. Shortage of fisheries products is leading to the displacement of production

 

 

A PROPER PLAN FOR AQUACULTURE

 

Aquaculture is absent from the overall planning framework for sustainable fisheries and coastal zone management in many nations. Capture fisheries and aquaculture operations are researched, planned and managed as if they were independent entities, but they share many common concerns. These include the genetic diversity in hatchery-raised fish, and the sustainability of fish meal/oil fisheries due to demands from aquaculture plus - the most obvious of all - their products enter a common marketplace and distribution system. Fisheries and coastal area management processes need to incorporate aquaculture into the longer-term outlook for managing the fisheries of the future. Comprehensive, in-depth examinations of the interdependencies of aquaculture and capture fisheries are required. Macro-economic factors are not the sole drivers of success in aquaculture. In the 21st century, the environmental and social cost/benefit of aquatic food production cannot be externalised, and "social profit" is as important as economic. Success of aquaculture is dependent not only on the technical needs for hatcheries to produce seed and feed mills to produce feeds, but also on markets, equipment and the overall capabilities of the entire "seafood infrastructure".

 

Aquaculture does not need to be in conflict with fisheries, the environment, or coastal communities. Ecological aquaculture can provide significant multiplier effects on local economies by generating employment and increasing direct and indirect personal spending in communities where there are few alternative job choices. Ecological aquaculture can provide community roots for aquaculture businesses by engaging them in comprehensive planning for interactions with fisheries and the localization of aquaculture feeds, seeds, supplies, equipment and the human expertise for running the systems.

 

AKVA

 

AKVA will be our Aquaculture Technology and Service Partner!

 

AKVA group is our technology partner and supplier of advanced equipment and services to the aquaculture industry worldwide. The company has more than 700 employees, offices in 8 countries and a total turnover of 900 MNOK in 2011. They are a public company operating in one of the world's fastest growing industries and supply everything from single components to complete installations, both for cage farming and land based aquaculture. AKVA group has been recognised as a pioneer and technology leader for more than 30 years. They offer us with state-of-the-art solutions, adapted to our local needs and conditions, that will allow us to operate a sustainable and profitable business in either cage farming or land based aquaculture. AKVA group has been a pioneer in developing the aquaculture industry and our history and track record goes way back to 1974 when we introduced the world's first plastic cage (Polarcirkel Cage), to 1980 when we introduced the first centralized feed system (AKVA), to 1985 when the famous Wavemaster steel cages were introduced and the early 80's when we launched the first fish farming software (Superior Systems - now called Fishtalk).

 

The construction of all the project components is to produce a sustainable working model and we have engaged, and are working in collaboration with, leading international aquaculture experts globally, with more than 90 years of combined marine aquaculture experience.

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