With bivalve aquaculture dominating the marine aquaculture industry, the benefits it provides to local economies cannot be understated. But as Andrew van der Schatte Olivier, PhD student at Bangor University explains, “there is so much more to bivalve aquaculture than we currently think...”
Sterilising farmed fish offers the aquaculture industry a number of benefits. For farmers themselves, it can prevent fish from becoming sexually mature – desirable since maturation reduces flesh quality and makes fish more susceptible to diseases. Sterilisation can also restrict their environmental impact in preventing farmed genes, which are often suboptimal for a life in the wild, from being introduced into wild populations by escapees.