Aquaculture is an amazing industry. It's fighting global warming. It's booming. It's profitable. And it's rewarding.
But it's also under-researched, under-funded, and misunderstood. Despite this, I strongly believe it is one of the best industries to get into if you're an entrepreneur.
Here is a small selection of the benefits entrepreneurs can expect if they start an aquaculture business.
1) Aquaculture is Part of the Blue Economy
This is the core reason why I work in aquaculture. It's so important to me that my entrepreneurial ventures benefit the environment instead of harming it.
So, for me, the blue economy, and the green economy it is a part of, are the only way forward. The blue economy is the sustainable use of the ocean's resources for economic growth. It is resource efficient, low carbon, and full of potential.
The vision of the blue economy is to arrest the decline of the oceans and put in place improvements which will help the earth to heal itself. It is essential in the fight against oceanic pollution.
2) Aquaculture Is Profitable
Aquaculture is an untapped well of possibility. There is so much potential, made greater because very few entrepreneurs have yet to dip their toes in the industry.
However, like many other new ventures, setting up a business in aquaculture is extremely high risk. But if you get it right, it's completely brilliant.
3) Aquaculture Is Perfect for Pioneers
Aquaculture is a relatively new industry, so it is largely untapped. This makes it perfect for pioneers. There is so much space to do things that have never been done before.
It's not like other industries where the possibilities have been so thoroughly thought through that the only option is to build on the thoughts and experiments of others.
In aquaculture, you can be a trailblazer. You can do things that haven't even been considered before, let alone trialled.
For example, there is currently no way to protect a sea-based aquaculture facility completely from pollution. Aquaculture is perfect for people who look at this problem and see a marvellous challenge, not a brick wall.
4) Aquaculture Is Rewarding
Aquaculture is important in so many ways.
It is an essential component in the struggle to repair our oceans. It is a key player in the world-wide aim of reducing global warming. For many people, it is the only reason they can fish recreationally in their local area. It is a life line to fishing communities that have been decimated by pollution and overfishing.
It's incredibly rewarding to know that, while you are making a profit, you are also helping people and the planet.
Why I Work in Aquaculture
Aquaculture is my calling. I understand the natural environment because I have lived and breathed it for my entire life. I understand the science because I have always cared for animals. I know what makes the best seafood because I have eaten it.
And all this has led to breakthroughs where we have created things that didn't previously exist. That is the main reason that I started in aquaculture, and that is why I continue despite the amount of work involved. I am really proud of my work. I am proud we are doing something that will have a positive impact on the planet.