In addition to their crop production, Blade Farms grows and markets Tilapia, the common name for nearly 100 species of freshwater fish inhabiting shallow water throughout Africa, and deemed the fourth-most consumed fish in the US, due to its low price, easy preparation, and mild taste.
It was vitally important for Blade Farms to maintain their annual Tilapia production, while consistently delivering superior-quality fish to both local and international markets. To achieve this, Blade knew they had to implement a reliable Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) system.
Blade learned about BioFishency’s growing presence in Africa, and their ability to provide water treatment systems that could surpass the functionality of traditional RAS. Up for the challenge, the BioFishency team had to assess Blade’s remote location, in that their facilities were powered by solar and generator electricity and water, far from existing utility infrastructure. For BioFishency, this meant frequent power failures that would require backup systems. Further, in this vastly remote area, local farmers/growers lacked the technical know-how to manage a new system, and implementing RAS for Tilapia in a country that consumes and grows mainly African catfish, provided even greater challenges.