Recirculated Aquaculture Systems, or RAS, in one of the many ways in which you can grow fish. In our opinion, it is the only way fish will be grown in the future for several cogent reasons.
- RAS gives you control. It may cost you more, initially but control over production is everything and you should end up producing fish at a lower cost.
- RAS uses less water. A lot less water.
- RAS uses less space. A lot less space.
- RAS is more environmentally friendly (and consumer friendly – see below)
- RAS allows scalability more flexibly.
- RAS is predictable, and safer once mastered.
On the downside,
- RAS is more expensive.
- RAS is more technically challenging.
- RAS (and all fish farming for that matter) requires scale to be economically viable.
Once you produce fish from RAS those fish are consumer friendly premium quality protein. They are
- 100% anti-biotic free
- 100% steroid free
- 100% hormone free
- 100% disease free
- 100% medication free
- Nett fish protein positive – tilapia are vegetarian and so they produce more fish mass than they consume (which is not necessarily the case with other farmed species such as salmon). In an ever increasingly consumer conscious world, this is important.
You are in the position to set your price because you have a unique ultra high quality product that you can sell. Do not forget that and do not be fooled into thinking you’re competing with some mystery Chinese imported product that no-one is able to tell you where it was produced, when it was farmed, if it was farmed, how it was produced and so forth. This is NOT your competition by any means.
R30k for an APU (what’s an APU?) to allow you to prove to yourself that you can farm fish consistently is the single best investment you can make in your fish farming business development. It might be too small to make you tons of cash, but it will produce an income when you can harvest fish from it.
It’s true value lies in the learning you will derive from it and the details it will give to your business plan are what make it such a powerful development tool. And then of course, once you have mastered it you can go onto adding as many APUs to your farm as you like. And then you can start to watch the money roll in as you grow bigger and bigger.