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Sep 16, 2016

Embracing new technology crucial for aquaculture sustainability

Embracing new technologies is crucial to ensuring the continued sustainability of fish farms in Singapore, said Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon. Dr Koon said this is especially important in light of new challenges brought about by climate change and declining wild fish stocks around the world, reports ChannelNewsAsia. He cited the example of algae blooms and how local fish farmers have been embracing new technologies like closed containment aquaculture systems and land-based systems used by local fish farms to control water conditions. About 200 aquaculture experts, industry professionals and students were gathered at Republic Polytechnic's Aquaculture Industry Engagement Day to discuss global trends, emerging technologies and sustainable practices for future industry needs. Some experts say land-based farming, that has been successful in countries like Israel, could be a viable option for Singapore, along with contained sea-based farming. "Moving on land is one area we can seriously explore,” said Chan Wei Loong, Programme Chair for the Diploma in Marine Science and Aquaculture at Republic Polytechnic.  Read the article.

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