Many opportunities exist for freshwater fish farming in Virginia.

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Fact #2: Over 70% of the world’s wild fish stock has been exploited or depleted due to over fishing, and therefore, fish farming or aquacultured fish has become a necessity, which is quickly stepping up to ensure that the demands for fresh fish for human consumptions are well met. While fish farming in sustainable methods are perfectly and equally profitable, there are many fish farms that are utilizing methods which are harmful and hazardous for the environment, and there ought to be more regulations in this sector.

Fact # 3: Some of the large scale commercial fish farms force the fish to live in smaller areas than what they would naturally be in. These conditions may be unhealthy for normal fish growth, and the waste as well as the food which is not consumed by the fish makes the water extremely polluted, giving rise to illnesses, diseases, infections and so on. Use of unregulated antibiotics can further deplete the environment that fish live in.

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Noun1.fish farm - a workplace (usually a pond) where fish are raised for food
workplace, work - a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"

Unlike China, America has yet to take the bait on fish farming.

The risk of fish kills is always present in catfish farming. Algae, stimulated by nutrients from uneaten food and fish excreta, may suddenly die. Their decomposition leads to oxygen depletion and fish mortalities. Aeration is one solution to preventing oxygen-related fish kills.

Fish farming, also known as , is the process of raising fish in an enclosed area for use in the fishing industry. A farm can be built on land or over naturally occurring bodies of water, such as off of an ocean shore. Within the body of water, a wide variety of fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants can be raised. Every year, such throughout the world produce over 65 million tons (59 million MT) of many varieties of sea life for harvesting.