Cage reared fish

Fish farming involves raising fish commercially in tanks or enclosures, usually for food. Fish farming is the principal form of aquaculture, while other methods are generally described as  mariculture.

The most common fish species raised by fish farms are salmon, carp, tilapia, European seabass, catfish and cod. A facility that releases juvenile fish into the wild for recreational fishing or to supplement a species’ natural numbers is generally referred to as a fish hatchery.

Increasing demands on wild fisheries by commercial fishing has caused widespread overfishing. Fish farming offers an alternative solution to the increasing market demand for fish and fish protein.


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1. Major categories of Fish Farming


(a) Extensive aquaculture

(b) Intensive aquaculture


2. Specific types of fish farms

  (a) Integrated recycling systems

  (b) Irrigation ditch or pond systems

  (c) Cage systems

  (d) Classic fry farming

  (e) Mussel And Oyster Farming


 3. Issues in Fish Farming


 4. Indoor fish farming


 5. Harvesting and Slaughter methods