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Updated July 2017.

HOW IT BEGAN . . . .

It was many years ago when we first discovered a saltwater species living quite happily in a freshwater lake. The species itself was of little interest commercially but fascinating none the less. The lake itself was quite unique in many ways and completely isolated. The local tribesmen knew nothing of the remarkable nature of the lake itself and took the fish for granted, as far as they were aware they had always been in abundance and had been a valuable food source for as long as anyone could remember. At that point in time we had neither the infrastructure nor the resources to investigate further and for many years the whole affair remained a curiosity.

It was several years later that once again we came across a freshwater lake that had a thriving saltwater species and this time we just couldn't let it go. To begin with it was quite baffling as their introduction had been relatively recent so their survival could not be due to a genetic abnormality, in fact the very same fish could be caught a few hundred miles away in the sea which is where they had been introduced from originally. Once again the species was of limited commercial value and were in abundance in the sea anyway. Even so, we began to wonder if other saltwater species could also survive in a freshwater environment. Logic and biological studies said no and to be frank we had to agree, but somehow these fish were flourishing.

Now it has to be stated right at the start that Cod cannot survive in a freshwater lake so don't go trying it in your local fishery as they will most definitely die. They can however be reared in freshwater tanks under computer controlled conditions. Many frustrating years have been spent trying to understand just how it would be possible and the answer came in one of those eureka moments when everything made sense. The fish themselves had the answer but trying to duplicate the process was to prove incredibly difficult. We obviously have no intention at this stage of revealing just how it has been done or the technology involved but we have none the less solved the mystery and we feel justified in saying that this approach could have a dramatic impact both commercially and on our fast dwindling stocks. Cod, like many other fish species will very soon be extinct. That isn't scaremongering it's fact, but now we can successfully rear Cod in a controlled and commercially viable system which could eventually lead to replenishing the natural stocks.

So why bother trying to rear Cod in a freshwater environment ? If you think about it the advantages are immense. Large tanks can be situated almost anywhere and provide the ability to produce this very valuable commodity right alongside inland processing plants ... No need for trawlers and no need to destroy what stocks we have left. Imagine the benefits of rearing Cod alongside an industrial estate, no transportation costs, no heavy lorries bringing fish from our ports etc. The benefits are simply huge. On a much larger platform these systems could even be installed in developing countries to provide a valuable and much needed food resource hundreds of miles from the sea. Put very simply, the advantages of this system are vast. From a purely commercial point of view the cost per kilo of getting Cod on the table would be a fraction of the current price especially as the survival rate of fingerlings reared in a tank are very much greater than in the wild. They also grow up to three times as fast without genetically modified feeding practices just by manipulating their environment. In the future much of our ailing agricultural industry could be revived by switching to this new technology. Add all the possible advantages to our environment in general and it becomes priceless.

Development of commercial and readily available systems is now the next priority but, sadly, this looks almost certain to take place outside the UK as just about all the interest has come from abroad. As usual the UK is the last to respond to anything new and there is no doubt that having missed out on this opportunity you will end up buying Cod from abroad at twice the cost. I personally have no objection to the agricultural community of any country benefiting from our research but it would have been much more satisfying if our home industry had taken the lead. As a company we are very curious as to how many other species could be reared in this way and perhaps one day we will have the resources to find out.

As for now it seems we have little option other than to move, lock stock and barrel, to one of the interested countries abroad.

There is no excuse for the UK to miss out on this remarkable new technology and one day in the future many questions will be asked about why no-one, either from government or private industry, was genuinely interested in making the best use of the planets resources.

 

As always, 'green issues' are nothing but words designed to increase taxes and sell you goods  whilst 'caring about poverty' is a slogan to gain publicity. . .

What a sad world we live in.

 

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