Aquaculture boom creates $13.3 billion water treatment market in 2030

Aquaculture – the farming of fish and other aquatic animals – is an increasingly vital means of supplying demand for seafood, as wild fisheries suffer from stress and collapse.

Water treatment is essential to successful aquaculture, and demand for water treatment is expected to nearly double from $7.2 million in 2014 to $13.3 billion in 2030, according to Lux Research.

“Aquaculture is leading to a ‘Blue Revolution’ as the world shifts from hunting and gathering aquatic resources to farming them,” said Abhirabh Basu, Lux Research Associate and the lead author of the report titled, “Blue Revolution: The Fast-growing $7.2 Billion Water Treatment Opportunity in Aquaculture.”

“However, without water treatment, fish populations swim in a putrid cocktail of dead fish, feed, feces, and nutrients that breeds disease and endangers entire crops – advanced treatment systems are essential for the market to grow,” he added.

Lux Researchers evaluated opportunities in the rapidly growing market for advanced water treatment in aquaculture. Among their findings:

  • Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) enjoy many advantages. Currently, advanced reuse systems represent only 4.5 per cent of the total aquaculture market, with pond culture the dominant means of production. However, by 2030, RAS will produce over 40 per cent of the total aquaculture output.
  • Europe poised to be a leader in water reuse systems. Between 2000 and 2013, the U.K. added 25 RAS facilities; Norway’s Nofima, the largest aquaculture research facility in Europe, has installed over 1,000 tanks and hatcheries; and Denmark expects 90 per cent of its aquaculture production to come from recirculating systems.
  • Wastewater companies leveraging expertise to tap RAS market. Kruger Kaldnes, a Veolia subsidiary, has tapped its traditional moving bed biofilm reactor for aquaculture. Among promising start-ups, BioGill uses vertical membrane sheets, and BioFishency has built an “all-in-one” plug-and-play solution.

The report, titled “Blue Revolution: The Fast-growing $7.2 Billion Water Treatment Opportunity in Aquaculture,” is part of the Lux Research Water Intelligence service.

About Lux Research

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Carole Jacques
Lux Research, Inc.

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