many of us, eating fish and other ocean proteins is not only an
enjoyable experience, but a way of life. Unfortunately, our oceans
have reached a limit as to what they can provide and are threatened
by over consumption. With an increasing demand for fish in our diets,
it is important to consider expanding the use of aquaculture
to create a more sustainable environment.
in our City
While most of us probably picture aquaculture as large nets containing
hundreds or thousands of fish being grown in coastal waters, there
are many other ways
to farm fish, both sustainable and unsustainable. One
emerging idea is that of urban aquaculture. Urban aquaculture takes
the idea of cultivating fish and applies it within an urban setting.
Those of us familiar with the urban environment know that there
are many different neighborhoods within the broader city. All too
often there are pockets of regions that seem to have been forgotten
by all but those who live there. Characterized by conditions such
as abandoned warehouses, high unemployment and hungry people begging
for food, these areas are unsustainable in many ways. Fortunately,
these neighborhoods are the ideal location for urban aquaculture.
Introducing urban aquaculture to the neighborhood described above
could convert it from a center of blight and depression into a thriving,
sustainable community. This can be accomplished by doing the following:
* Convert abandoned warehouses into aquaculture
* Grow hardy, popular fish like tilapia using sustainable techniques
* Provide jobs to local community members at facilities
* Use some of the fish to feed the local homeless and hungry
Achieving this vision not only creates social
sustainability but the production and sale of fish from such a facility
will help to relieve the pressures on our depleted ocean fisheries.
At the same time, development pressures on other land areas are
eased by reclaiming previously developed property and converting
it into an important center of economic activity. Finally, a facility
located in an urban center will reduce the transportation costs
currently associated with importing fish from outside the city.
- by Rob