Off the coast of Arenis de Mar, near Barcelona in Spain lies a revolutionary farm -- considered to be the world's biggest fish farm at sea.
Farmed in their natural environment, this fish farm could provide the best alternative to the problem of ever dwindling fish stocks.
Off the coast of Arenis de Mar, near Barcelona in Spain, lies a platform considered to hold the world's biggest fish farm.
The farm holds in its nets 140-thousand alevins seabreams, fed twice a day by a crew of four sailors.
The fishermen are part of a co-operative, the Cultivos Marinos del Maresme, that cultivates the seabream farm.
The fish are farmed in their natural environment and therefore considered as good as any caught in the open seas.
The seabream from a fishfarm are as good as the wild ones. I won't say better, because some would argue my point, but because we are farming them in their natural environment, we are also giving them the exact same food that they would find in their natural habitat.
SUPER CAPTION: Antonio Marzoa, General Manager of Cultivos Marinos
The alevins are fed with pellets of fish flour and are kept surrounded by a wall of nets for protection from possible predators.
Their death rate is estimated at 10 percent of the total school.
The farm is a pioneering venture -- but also hard work.
A lot of the work simply goes in looking after the platform against the harsh sea.
Yes it is an exiting work, because among other things it is also pioneer work, but now in winter, when it is cold, and the seas are rough, you wonder, at times, what are you doing this for.
SUPER CAPTION: Jordi Carreras, Biologist
As always when working at sea, the most demanding of the works is maintenance, the maintenance of the iron structure of the platform, the wood parts, all these materials are getting damaged very fast.
SUPER CAPTION: Jose Menese, Sailor
But if the hard work is put into the venture, those involved believe their farm will provide a decent living for them.
It is obvious this profession is here to stay, particularly when you see the tremendous problems traditional fishing is having at a world scale, as it only takes away fish from the sea. There is no doubt the future lies in aqua-culture, Now does one become a millionaire by doing this? I don't think so, but one can earn a decent living, yes.
SUPER CAPTION: Antonio Marzoa, Manager of Cultivos Marinos
With the strain conventional fishing has on fish stocks, this form of farming could be the way forward for the fishing industry.
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