Veta La Palma is located in the Seville province of Spain, about 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and is owned by the same family who also operates Hisaparroz, a Spanish food conglomerate. The farm is actually more like a bird sanctuary than fish farm, attracting flamingos, spoonbills, egrets and many other threatened or endangered species that feast on shrimp and small fish. You won't see anyone out there trapping or firing rifles at them either, the birds are not unwelcome intruders but are seen as part of a living ecosystem. You see, the philosophy behind Veta La Palma is to treat their fish and the environment that they inhabit less like products and facilities and more like wildlife and natural environs.
|A view of the many flamingos at Veta La Palma|
What happens when a fish farm that produces bream, bass, and mullet actually improves the environment? What happens when instead of degrading natural resources a farm sustains them? The answer can be seen when you take in the beauty of Veta La Palma's natural operation; Harmony. Balancing the environment's needs and our population's growing appetite for seafood is going to be a difficult obligation in the future. We need to begin rethinking and retooling our methods of extraction from our natural resources, keeping in mind something my mother always reminded me about of our own environment; you only get one world to live in, they're not making any more of them, so you better take care of the one you have. Looking at Veta La Palma as an example of what aquaculture could be, there might be some light shinning bright between the dark clouds accumilating in our future.
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