Clients are often surprised that we approach maintaining water quality for aquaculture operations from a wastewater perspective.
The excrement created by thousands of growing fish in a confined environment has a number of effects
- a build up of sludge sediment which creates an increased oxygen demand
- the sludge sediment, once it becomes anaerobic, creates an ideal environment for protozoa and other pathogens that cause parasitic and other fish diseases which increase mortality rates
- the increased oxygen demand created by this organic waste impedes the maintenance of necessary Dissolved Oxygen levels to sustain and grow the fish and can also lead to increased mortality rates
- build up of substances like ammonia can negatively affect the taste of the fish or seafood at harvest.