Bell Aquaculture Issues Public Statement Around Commitment To Ecology, Community & Humanity
REDKEY, Ind., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today Bell Aquaculture released an official statement by President & CEO Norman McCowan.
“We have a problem. In 2050 the world population will be 9-10 billion. The way we are currently feeding our population cannot sustain this amount of growth. Our rivers and oceans are suffering from over-use. We need alternate solutions specifically around protein to feed our species. Aquaculture, when practiced in a sustainable way, can be that solution.
We continue to strive to advance our processes in order to reduce our environmental impact and produce the healthiest fish possible. Our fish are not given antibiotics or hormones. Our water is clean enough to drink and as we continue to implement our RAS technology we recirculate 99.64% of our water on site on a flow basis. We provide a healthy, sustainable option to our growing food crisis.
The goal with any business endeavor is to be profitable and as such we are no different but we have a purpose and we hold ourselves to the highest standard.
Since the concerns of our neighbors were expressed to us we have met twice to discuss how we, as a part of our community, can address these concerns and be a good neighbor. We have made a commitment to take steps to address the issues that are within our control, not because we have to, but because we are concerned with our impact on our community and our impact on the Earth.
Our desire to produce feed for the industry and ourselves comes from an identification of a problem; we need to reduce the proportionate amount of fishmeal used as the industry grows. Our feed and R&D teams have 75 years combined experience in developing feeds. We intend to advance this industry by providing feed that uses alternative plant-based diets. We are developing feeds nutritionally profiled around the fish species and stage of life, a new approach that will provide a healthy, eco-friendly supply of fish to our growing population.
We hope as we grow we can continue to contribute and support our community, our industry and our planet.”
President & CEO
About Bell Aquaculture
In 2005, Bell Aquaculture was founded as a solution to a problem – the fish in Lake Michigan were contaminated. Bell has invested $20+ million in an aquaculture research and development center and built a state-of-the-aquaculture facility located in rural Indiana, USA to provide a toxin-free supply of fish to meet the demand. Bell offers trout, salmon, perch, feed and fertilizers that are derived from fish to contribute to the life cycle of humans and fish – part of our broader philosophy to use all that is available to us to benefit to humanity and our planet.
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