By 2050 we are challenged to double the global food supply as the global consumer demand and consumption continues to climb, especially in affluent nations. This increase has given rise to one of the fastest growing animal food producing sectors, fish farming (aquaculture).
Despite the continued success of the aquaculture industry over the last few decades to produce low cost protein for human consumption. The industry is now facing serious problems most notably the ecological impact of farmed fish and the over fishing of other wild fish species which is now impacting many developing nations.
Maintaining freshness and disease problems constitute the largest single cause of economic losses in aquaculture. Bacterial infections constitute the most important source of disease problems in all the various types of production.