It is believed that the Egyptians were the first to farm tilapia, a lean white fish with a mild taste, over 3,000 years ago. Today it is the second-most cultivated fish in the world, after carp, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
While China is the world’s leading producer of tilapia, just west of Tillsonburg the McLaughlin Brothers are bringing live farmed fish to market in Toronto. Tons of it. Toronto is North America’s largest market for live tilapia, and the World Aquaculture Society predicts that production will rise steadily because of increased demand for the fish.
All of the Canadian production is sold live to local markets, where premium prices are obtained for fresh, live fish.
The technology used by Sand Plains AquaCulture has come a long way since early fish farming began. Come fishing with us and take this behind the scenes look at this emerging company and the amazing technology and innovation behind it.