FRESHWATER COD PROGRAM : Q & A

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Cod Project

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From Singapore to Ireland, a variety of species will now be farmed using our new technology.

   

 

 

   

Updated July 2017.

Rearing Cod & other Species including Giant Grouper and Blue Fin Tuna in Freshwater.

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In order to try and reduce the number of enquiries we are receiving regarding our groundbreaking Cod research we hope this page will help clarify a few points. The huge interest in our program is much appreciated but if you have made a request for further information please be patient, we will get to you as soon as we can.

 

Q : Can Cod be reared in a freshwater lake ?

A : The simple answer is NO. Diobas would never be involved in a long term program to modify the genetic qualities of the species which is what would be required if these fish were to ever flourish in a normal lake. Genetic engineering would be totally against what we are trying to do as what you would end up with is a fish that looked like a Cod but would actually be nothing of the sort.

 

Q : What kind of set up is required ?

A : Obviously it would not be in our interest to go into great a detail at this point, we do after all have to protect our investment, but whilst the whole process is quite complex the basics required to operate a viable unit are readily available. If you have an existing building or have space to erect one you will need a large tank that can hold at least 50,000 gallons ( there is virtually no limit as to how large you can go and tanks are already available to hold as much as 5m gallons ), a secondary tank around 1/3rd the size, a series of vortex pumps, UV filtration, protein skimmers and a variety of subsidiary equipment, computers, valves etc. It is these pumps, UV's and protein skimmers, of our own design, that are crucial especially as until now effective operation of some of this technology in freshwater has not been available. The set up itself is somewhat complicated but once installed is virtually self sufficient, should require very little maintenance and can operate almost anywhere in the world. The site must be as sterile as possible however as Cod have no resistance to freshwater diseases.

 

Q : Could Cod reared in these tanks ever be released into the sea ?

A : Most definitely. It may sound astonishing but this system will actually cope with Cod without any acclimatisation and in the same way the Cod can be introduced back into the sea without, as far as we can tell, any ill effects. One of the most important factors of this research and the main point that has driven us over the years is that there is a real possibility that apart from the obvious financial gain we can actually contribute towards restocking our oceans and reversing the damage that has been done. Another important point is that the vast majority of fingerlings in the wild fail to survive whereas, under the controlled conditions of a tank, the survival rate is incredible by comparison and it would not take long to have a very real impact on our fast diminishing stocks.

 

Q : How would it affect our trawler industry ?

A : There will not be a trawler industry unless something is done soon. As for the long term effects of our program who knows ? To be frank, even if fish stocks recovered, we doubt that conventional fishing and all the transportation etc that's involved could ever compete with our tank system in terms of cost let alone damage to the environment. Whole fleets of lorries involved in moving the captured fish around would also be obsolete as one would assume that any large concern adopting our approach would site the facility near processing plants etc. The savings would be huge. Perhaps, like other industries such as tin and coal mining the trawler and all it entails is coming to an end. Sad but there it is. There is also a very good chance that, given the choice, the consumer will tend to lean towards tank reared fish as opposed to further damaging existing stocks especially once everyone sees how well the fish are cared for and the humane way in which they are reared. Another important point is that Cod reared in tanks will be a fraction of the price currently charged.

 

Q : Will your system work with other sea fish ?

A : The simple answer is that we just do not know. There are some species which we know for certain could not survive due to a number of behavioural and biological factors but there are many others which could conceivably flourish. It will need more research to find out and perhaps one day we will have the resources to see what is possible. Until then we have had to concentrate on one species, this research has been extremely expensive as it is and would not have been possible at all if we had included other species.

 

Q : How has your research been funded ?

A : Entirely from our own profits. Annoyingly we have not received any help of any sort despite having a program of international significance. In fact we will almost certainly end up moving the whole project abroad as funding is readily available on a commercial basis overseas. The UK is as always far too slow to react to new technology and ideas especially if they are outside entrenched 'expert' opinion. It may not even be long before you are eating Cod farmed in other European countries when our own agricultural industry for example is struggling to survive. Ludicrous but there it is.

 

Q : Does this system require a constant supply of fresh water ?

A : No. Once the tanks are filled they are pretty much self sufficient with almost no topping up required.

 

Q : Why are computers required ?

A : The system is time and season sensitive which requires constant attention. It could be done manually but would be very labour intensive. By using computer controlled environmental adjustment the system is always at its maximum efficiency eliminating human error as well as being much less complicated to operate. A second computer is installed purely as backup. We can supply the software etc which at the time of writing is almost through it's development/debugging stage.

 

Q : How much would a viable tank system cost and can you install it for us ?

A : The cost is obviously dependant on just how large you want your unit to be. To be viable in terms of both habitat and financial return you will need at least 50,000 galls capacity, the larger the system the more profitable it becomes. We can advise on installation anywhere in the world but you will need to contact us to get an accurate individual estimate as there are many factors to take into consideration. Each system is tailor made to suite the outside environment in terms of temperature, latitudinal location etc. The contact form below will put you in touch with our managing director direct and he will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss the matter further.

 

Q : What would be the cost of producing each Cod ?

A : Not easy to answer such a sweeping question but on average we anticipate that a 100,000 gallon system would produce Cod for sale at a unit cost of around £1,400 per tonne. There are many factors that can influence this figure depending on location, energy requirement and so on so the figure quoted is a realistic average assuming there are no extreme factors to take into account.

 

Q : Could this system operate anywhere in the world ?

A : In theory yes.

 

Q : Do you have any plans to breed other species ?

A : We'd love to try but at present we have no immediate plans to carry out further programs. It costs a great deal of money and until we capitalise on the current research we just do not have the resources. There comes a point where the research has to stop. This system is revolutionary and blows apart many inaccurate and preconceived ideals about Cod as a species. A great deal of very worthwhile but conventional research has been done over many years by a whole host of reputable organisations, none of whom have any criticism from us,................ we have just gone down an entirely different route.

 

Q : If my company wanted to install one of your units how long would it take and what is the procedure ?

A : At present it will be around 3 months before we will be ready to offer a 'packaged' system. We are a small company with limited resources and at present only have a small pilot unit used for research. We need to scale up the system dramatically which takes more capital investment than we have at this current time. Once we have found a partner to help us develop a full scale system the whole process will accelerate quickly as all the theoretical work has been done. Whoever this partner is they will benefit from having the very first freshwater Cod rearing system in the world and as such will have an enormous advantage over their competition. Enquiries are coming in daily now that we have gone public but we need to choose our partner very carefully for obvious reasons and negotiations can be painstakingly slow. Frustrating but none the less necessary. Once we have a deal we can create the first large scale system in a matter on months and hope to offer systems to anyone that wants one in about 3 months time on a first come first served basis. We are already beginning to compile a waiting list so the sooner you make contact the sooner you are likely to have your own unit. Unfortunately the time scale is further influenced by the fact that all negotiations so far regarding investment have been with countries outside the UK which is delaying the process, meetings take longer etc and the legal requirements of offering our shares in return for joint development of the system and all it's peripherals can be a lot more complex than having a UK partner. The British market is waking up to the fact that they will be left behind but we do not want to waste more time than is necessary, everything is so slow over here and we are anxious to push forward. We suggest you contact us for a discussion on your company's needs, location etc and we will do all we can to sort out some kind of time scale for you as well as give you an approximate idea of the cost. Unfortunately our diary is filling up rapidly but we will do all we possibly can to see you as quickly as can be arranged. Apart from the urgent need to get this technology underway to help protect our wild Cod we realise the distinct advantage any company will have over their competition if they get in first as it were so we will arrange a meeting with you as soon as we can. We must however do this on pro rata basis to be fair to all interested parties.

 

Q : What kind of commercial partner are you looking for, do they have to be established in any particular sector and how much investment is required ?

A : We are not prepared to discuss figures on the net as the permutations are endless. Obviously if you are already in the fish processing business then you will have a good idea of what you could achieve from a joint venture but we will talk to anyone who is interested from those that are involved in the peripheral technology, pump and tank manufacturers etc, as well as financial organisations who have a more global interest in establishing the systems worldwide. At present offers of funding are not the problem as the huge potential and diversity of the project offers a vast return on any investment but whilst the financial aspects are vitally important to all concerned, and the potential should be obvious to anyone, there is also an ethical side that needs to be carefully addressed as it is important to ensure that any partner allows a percentage of the profits to go towards a restocking program at some point in the future and further research into other species. As we have already said. we need to choose our partner very carefully whilst moving as quickly as we can.

 

Q : Any news on whether your Cod program will stay in the UK ? I for one think it's ridiculous that the government aren't snapping it up especially with the farming industry in such a mess, the natural fish stocks nearing extinction and the fact that they can throw so much money at the banks who end up keeping it anyway !!!!!!!!!

A: Government policy is all about being re-elected not actually making a difference . . . the whole 'green' issue is just another way of getting more taxes with more money spent on quango's and pointless committee studies than will ever be spent on anything worthwhile. However, in answer to your question the project will almost certainly go overseas, sad but there it is.

 

Q : I have been in the fishing industry all my working life and am now a skipper working out of a Scottish port. Life is hard enough and earning a living is even harder. I risk my life on the sea to pay bills and put food on the table and you could make my life impossible if you raise Cod on land. Have you thought about the damage to the trawler industry and all the people dependant on it ? You are just another dam businessman looking for profit with no thought about the damage you do to others !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A : Firstly I am fish behavioural specialist, not the head of a corporate company. Secondly you made your career choice , no-one made it for you and thirdly the fishing industry has lived off the sea for many years without caring much about fish stocks until there are no more to catch. If anyone is guilty of the ruthless drive for cash without caring about the consequences its the trawler fleets. There is no need to risk your life at sea when the tank system can provide a safe income on land and to set it up costs about 1/3rd less than a new trawler. There is none of the idiocy that surrounds quota's, no waste and a guaranteed return without having to deplete what stocks are left, in fact we are earmarking a percentage of fingerlings to one day begin a restocking program to help repair the damage done.

I sympathise with everyone involved in the fishing industry, it's a way of life that follows many others, from coal miners to blacksmiths . . . but the time has come to take a responsible attitude towards the needs of an ever growing population, all of whom need food and if that demand can be met in a rational non-damaging way then it has to be the logical path forward. This planet is in enough trouble already and any new technology that helps alleviate the problems we will all face in the future is surely more important than any individual trade or lifestyle, in fact it's every industry's duty to embrace new ideas that benefit everyone else, however painful those decisions may be.

 

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