More tilapia tales

Countryfile Magazine - - Lazy Days -

It was in­ter­est­ing to read Adam Hen­son’s ar­ti­cle on tilapia in the Novem­ber is­sue. I keep a small num­ber of tilapia in an aquapon­ics set-up for teach­ing pur­poses. Two main points that were miss­ing from this ar­ti­cle that ought to have been men­tioned, al­though I ap­pre­ci­ate space may be lim­it­ing. Firstly, fish farm­ing gen­er­ally is not very sus­tain­able as it takes 3kg of feed from fish ori­gin to grow 1kg of fish. For­tu­nately, tilapia are om­niv­o­rous and I feed mine with a plant-based pel­leted food source. Se­condly, if think­ing of rais­ing tilapia in the UK, bear in mind their African ori­gin; I lost a cou­ple last win­ter de­spite a heated en­vi­ron­ment. They do not sur­vive in tem­per­a­tures below 10°C. An­drew Walker-Brown, via email

Some 1.5 mil­lion tonnes of tilapia are farmed an­nu­ally world­wide

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