TAKING A JOURNEY FROM FEED TO FISH IN THE TURQUIOSE AEGEAN SEAPinar Fish was established in 1985 by Yaşar Group, which is one of Turkey’s most powerful and most substantial corporate groups, with its full integration philosophy. It is an establishment that is conscious about its responsibilities towards the sectors, in which it operates towards society. The company particularly emphasis on production, which is sensitive about ethical values, animal welfare and environment and which creates competitive advantage through its innovation philosophy that is based on knowledge and technology. Creating a competitive advantage through its production approach the company is proudly classified as one of the 500 major industrial enterprises in Turkey. As being the first enterprise to be established on the Aegean shore, it is also a source of inspiration for other countries in the region. We are also conducting continuous trials at our facilities for the production of new species. We continue our activities with our fully automated facilities that are equipped with high technology equipment, and produce high quality fish feed that all fish breeding farms need. We control every stage of the production process and we provide full traceability. We collaborate with universities and leading research institutes on technical issues around the world. We carry out Research and Development studies in cooperation with these institutions at our aquaculture plants and our hatcheries. Sharing our knowledge and experience gives us pleasure. We believe that everyone in the world has the right to consume healthy fish. We produce high quality feeds suitable for all kinds of marine and freshwater species that could be breeded, In every stage and we fulfill their needs related to fish feed. Our feeds are specifically produced for each and every species ensures quick and healthy growth by providing unique tastes for our consumers.
Why do we need aquaculture?Aquaculture serves many purposes and seafood production is paramount among them. Aquaculture has helped improve nutrition and food security in many parts of the world. Increasing global population coupled with icreased per capita seafood consumption result in constant, growing demand for seafood. Global seafood consumption reached 143 million metric tons in 2009, which is an increase of more than 20 million tons in 10 years. According the the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, “With capture fisheries production stagnating, major increases in fish food production are forecast to come from aquaculture. Taking into account the population forecast, an additional 27 million tonnes of production will be needed to maintain the present level of per capita consumption in 2030.” Aquaculture is one of the most resource-efficient ways to produce protein. Fish come out well because, in general, they convert more of the food they eat into body mass than land animals. “Feed Conversion Ratios” indicate how many pounds of feed it takes to produce a pound of protein. As can be seen in the table below, salmon – the most feed-intensive farmed fish – is still far more efficient than other forms of protein production.
How much seafood is produced by aquaculture?Globally, aquaculture supplies more that 50 percent of all seafood produced for human consumption – that percentage has been and will continue to rise. Conventional wisdom holds that traditional fisheries are producing near their maximum capacity and that future increases in seafood production must come largely from aquaculture. Experts at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization say we will need another 40 million tons of seafood worldwide per year by 2030 just to meet current consumption rates.
Do Wastes of Fish Cages Damage The Nature?Wastes of fish farms should not be confused with human wastes and wastes of industrial facilities. Human and industrial wastes may include detergents, various chemicals and heavy metals. Basic waste of fish farms is the wastes of fishes in the nature and similarly the feces. Feces of fishes naturally mix in the sea. At this point, distribution around the farms and tolerance threshold are important. Digestibility of fishmeal is important. As the digestibility of the meals increase, tolerance to feces by the nature increases. This is also related to the increase in profitability of the facility. As digestibility of meal increases, benefit of fishes from the meal increases and operating costs decrease evenly. Fishmeal used in farms today is highly digestible and studies are made to increase this digestibility. In fact, all the studies made to decrease the costs in fish farms also bring about the consequences that would reduce the environmental effect. Nets, ropes, anchors and similar metal materials being used are recycled when their economic lives come to an end. Fishmeal sacks used are recollected within package regulation. Bilges of the boats are delivered to port operators approved by the relevant institutions. Wastes are not left in the sea
Does Aquaculture Disrupt the Ecological Balance of the Sea?Fish farming areas are monitored according to the monitoring program of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, in terms of environmental pollution and in terms of their effects on the ecological balance. If any negativity is determined as a result of the monitoring, the farms is closed. In the monitorings conducted until today no negativity has been determined at this point. On the other hand, the effects of the fish farms on the environment and on the ecological balance in the world are studied for many years. The studies have shown that: As long as the fish farms make production within certain rules, their environmental impacts are not even that much of the impact of rain, which is a natural atmospheric phenomena, on the environment. The defined rules also coincides with the breeding parameters of the fish farms. This is really a normal result. Farm fishes are the fishes that live in nature and live as a part of it. The more the environmental impact gets difficult the chance of survival of the farm fishes gets that difficult and their sustainability will be affected. As a result, the manufacturers have to act responsibly on this matter.
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