Global Fish Consumption
Fish and marine products are one of the most used protein sources for human consumption. Global fish capture and aquacultural production annually reaches the values of around 93.4 million tons. If all fish globally are processed and all by-products collected, the amount of 36 million tons, left from the main fish processing, would be available as raw material for further use.
Fish Waste Solutions
Tons of fish discards get thrown into landfill in Australia every year. Some business’ even pay for it to be disposed of, which is a tragic waste. We at SONIC aim to minimise the waste of this vital resource by encouraging farmers to source the wasted fish in their region and turn it into Biologically Active Fertiliser.
Fish has been used as a fertiliser for 1000s of years, with the native Americans burying fish near their trees in order to fertilise them. We assist farmers to make Bio-Fertilisers using a SONIC On Farm Bio-Fertiliser Making System from fish discards using natural fermentation methods with positive results.
Why Bio-Fertilisers are the Best
One of the many reasons we encourage making On Farm Fish Bio-Fertilisers is because in a liquid form it is highly unstable for long-term storage and, moreover, it is difficult and costly to be transported. However, liquid Bio-Fertilisers are of the highest quality, compared to dry inputs, predominantly because of the living biology. For the biology to stay alive within the product, they require both water and food to survive.
By cold processing fish using our beneficial microbes Starter Culture, all the natural oils and amino chains stay intact, both of which are highly beneficial for plant growth and protection. When used as a foliar spray on trees, the fish oils containing beneficial microorganisms, act as a natural immunity by sticking to the leaf surface, outcompeting predators for food and space.
Capturing all the minerals, trace minerals and amino chains in a fertiliser are key, and only a cold processing method of making liquid fertilisers will allow this. Most fertiliser making methods use heat treatment usually to speed up the processing time and to ensure shelf life. But from our experience, nature works best with ‘natural’.
Our On Farm Systems us cold fermentation methods with a naturally derived Starter Culture to speed up the fertiliser making process. The Culture also enables other benefits; first, it keeps the balance of beneficial microbes so that the decomposing fish discards don’t go rancid, and second, it minimises the smell that rancid fish can often make.
Fish Bio-Fertiliser offers an organic, all natural, highly nutritional additive. It is packed with micronutrients, amino acids and beneficial microorganisms, plus by making it on farm using local discards it helps to minimise fish waste, product transportation costs, and plastic packaging waste, making it an all-round environmentally sound choice.
At the end of the day, farming is all about producing food. Blog author Sonja Kallio writes about supporting farmers and growers to adopt a regenerative approach with growing, to increase the nutrient density of food for a healthy population and a healthy planet.