It is expected that molecular hydrogen and oxygen supplementation could completely revolutionise the aquaculture industry, leading to a significant boost in the total food protein availability worldwide. Applications can be used with fresh water, sea water, open ponds, enclosed systems, natural based systems, hatcheries, holding facilities, fishing vessels and holding tanks, export and transport, aquariums and marketplaces, and the list goes on.
The oxidative susceptibility of aqua-based protein is far greater than land-based sources and as a result, there is less tolerance for error throughout all farming phases, from hatchery to plate. There are huge benefits at the hatchery stage where mortality rates can be significantly reduced, giving fingerlings a far greater start in life and an increased baseline strength when transported to the grow out facility.
Oxygen infusion into water technologies have come a long way in recent years and with it the understanding of the complementary importance that molecular hydrogen plays in biology. These two ingredients determine the environment that an organism can live in as well as the concentration of life it can support. Greater oxygen concentrations may be achievable without the associated toxicity for example, when combined with the anti-oxidant potential that molecular hydrogen represents.
Enriching an environment towards a bias that favours a particular organism living in it is the key to maximising the health, growth rates and yield potential at harvest. This in theory then suggests that increasing aerobic favour of an environment, can naturally toxify the preference of an anaerobic organism’s preference. This can then allow for a reduction of unfavourable control measures now adopted as standard throughout the industry.
Increasing efficiencies of metabolic function, energy creation and oxidative reduction, can all be fine tuned in a closed system and can also significantly reduce the damaging effects of adverse events as they unexpectedly occur. This then furthers to increased growth rates, less disease, lowered chemical and pharmaceutical intervention and increased stocking densities.
All of this leads to less stressed stock, stronger biological baselines which travels and ships better post-harvest, all of which commands a better price at market and a higher quality product for the consumer. It makes good commercial practice sense to improve not only the efficiencies of production but also improve the quality of the product while reducing the cost and use of unfavourable supplementation practices.