Warm Water Fish Production as a Diversification Strategy for Arable Farmers

A Relu Policy and Practice Note (No. 2) summarising a research project investigating the potential for UK farmers to produce warm water fish as a niche market diversification strategy and its implications for sustainability and public health.

Year of Publication2008

The research explored the technical and marketing considerations surrounding the development of a small scale, warm water production system for growing the tropical fish tilapia as a diversification strategy for UK livestock and arable farmers. The system utilises on-farm resources and simplified technology which can be readily adopted as a sustainable and practical approach for farmers unfamiliar with fish production. The project explored niche market opportunities for tilapia, along with public health and sustainability implications, giving a better understanding of the challenges that face UK farmers.

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