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Fish Farming and Land-Based Aquaculture in a Desert Environment

Yoav Dagan | VP Business Development


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Fish farming, and aquaculture production, in particular, is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. It is estimated that within the next 50 years, aquaculture industry will account for 30 percent of global seafood production, which is not surprising given the growing world population, and the ever-increasing demand for protein.

Of course, farming fish is not new and it does go some way to meeting the demand arising from population growth and increased fish consumption. However, aquaculture, and AquaMaof’s RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System) technology in particular, is revolutionizing the field, by facilitating efficient, sustainable production of fish, even in extreme environments – such as deserts!

Fish Farming - R&D facility Negev desert
Fish Farming – R&D facility Negev desert

A market-driven by environmental concerns

Today’s environmentally-conscious consumers want to buy healthy, organic, chemical-free produce, sourced locally from environmentally-friendly producers who do not decimate the world’s natural environment and resources, and who use energy and water efficiently.

The growth of the aquaculture sector and development of a cost-effective solution for land-based fish farming answers the market demand, consumer needs, providing a sustainable solution that efficiently utilizes natural resources and energy, improving overall sustainability.

AquaMaof – proven RAS technology

AquaMaof’s cutting-edge Recirculating Aquaculture System technology has been proven to produce fresh, tasty, healthy fish – including Atlantic salmon, grouper, trout, sea bream and others – from farm to the local market, while consistently meeting production goals. The company has over 30 years of experience in fish and salmon farming, facilities, and successful aquaculture projects worldwide. The very roots of AquaMaof technology are grounded in a region characterized by a desert climate, with high temperatures and little precipitation. With studies of different species of fish and shrimp being carried out at the company’s R&D Facility in the Negev Desert, AquaMaof enables growers to achieve cost-effective production in any environment and climate. Using the natural environment of the desert to its advantage, the system achieves effective temperature control, resulting in low-cost production.

Environmentally friendly in terms of both energy and water use, AquaMaof’s RAS technology features several water-treatment patents and filtering techniques that significantly reduce water consumption, and ensure the lowest liquid discharge throughout the production process.

AquaMaof’s flexible way of thinking and design are key to the success of its technology, creating a unique ecosystem for a specific species of fish and ensuring that its system is adaptable to different requirements. While planning the facility, smart selection and allocation of system components, results in robust, easy-to-operate facilities that require minimal maintenance. Additionally, optimized feeding modes and an advanced feeding management system enable the reduction of the Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and operational costs.

Fish Farming - Industrial RAS Production
Fish Farming – Industrial RAS Production

Stable, cost-effective, and robust

AquaMaof’s ability to establish stable and cost-effective aquaculture and production in any environment and climate conditions is especially relevant today. Recent border closures due to the Corona pandemic have impacted imports and transportation of supplies, putting local production at a premium. With AquaMaof RAS technology, land-based facilities can continue to provide for market needs in any circumstances, even when borders are shut, ensuring food production and food safety.

A promising future

Cutting-edge RAS facilities, with promising financial advantages, have caught the eye of investors around the world, resulting in significant investments. As seafood industry stakeholders and financial investors increasingly recognize the many advantages of land-based RAS technology as a sustainable method of fish farming, we are seeing greater demand, with operational facilities providing a steady ROI and profit to investors.

Even when borders are closed, and in a market surrounded by desert, AquaMaof’s smart, efficient, state-of-the-art facilities ensure that stable, economically-profitable production, based on sustainable fishing practices, continues to provide sustainably-sourced, fresh fish to consumers. With careful decision-making, thorough due diligence, and the right partner, land-based RAS aquaculture farms offer a window of opportunity for an excellent economic investment.

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