Aquaculture in Action

Farming Cobia in the Caribbean


Brian O’Hanlon, founder of “Open Blue” is building a large-scale hatchery in Panama that supports a new type of off-shore aquaculture. O’Hanlon wants to alter 4,000 years of human innovation and farm fish back in the ocean. He says that raising an animal in its natural habitat means it will be healthier and taste better and, with the right technology, will grow more efficiently

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Feeding the World


“Turning Points in Modern Aquaculture” is a 15-minute program produced by the Aquaculture Service of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. This program provides a historical overview of aquaculture development, from its earliest known inception more than 2,000 years ago in China to present day. This program highlights aquaculture as the fastest-growing food-producing sector in the world.


Rohana Subasinghe, Senior Aquaculture Officer, FOA, talks about the risks and challenges of aquaculture development in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, and the situation of small-scale fish farmers.

Mainstream uses Copper-Alloy Nets


Mainstream Canada’s Plover Point farm near Tofino, B.C. Canada is the first salmon farm in North America to use copper-alloy nets instead of conventional nylon mesh nets. Two of the 12 pens are made of copper-alloy mesh, and have been installed as part of a two-year research trial in partnership with the ICA and EcoSea. The copper-alloy nets stay naturally clean and are nearly impervious to predators.