The Future of Fish Farming Is Giant Autonomous Roaming Robotic Cages


A photo-illustration composite image of an Aquapod fish-farming cage. Photo via

Aquaculture produces around half of the fish eaten worldwide, and since wild stocks are waning and global demand for fish is increasing, fish farming is destined to play a big role. National Geographic reports on a possible future of aquaculture, which includes free-floating, autonomous fish farms that move through the open ocean that mimic the movements of wild schools. Scientists are working on remote control cages:

...[A]utomated cages could herald an entirely new form of fish farming.

They might be turned loose to mimic natural systems by following carefully chosen ocean currents. The robotic fish farms could help lead to larger, healthier crops of farmed fish far from crowded coastal areas, where farmed fish both suffer from poor water quality and, by producing waste, add to water woes.

Cages might even generate their own electricity by harnessing solar energy, wave energy, or other forms of renewable power.

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  1. Emily

    This is some fucked up Matrix-style stuff.

  2. maxpickle

    Up next: Plastic bubbles for ducks to prevent birdflu.

  3. Commaholic

    I think it's pretty cool. People want to eat fish, and this seems like a way of mimicking their natural behavior while fighting some of the water pollution problems associated with fish farms that stay in one place. It seems like the ocean equivalent to a free-range chicken farm.

  4. That's interesting but could turn to a whole new level of pirate activity.

  5. JayP

    Then what are you, a gay fish?

  6. Very interesting story indeed.

    It would be a breakthrough in Cage Culture. Aquaculture in sea is going to grow in fast manner in coming years. But it has to be promoted with extra caution as there would be many ecological and environmental issues & risks as a result of this. There is chances of infecting the natural fish population with variety of diseases, escape of Genetically Modified (GM) fish species in to the ocean, had any cages growing GM fish happen to break due to some reason. Also there is a possibility of hindrance to navigation of ships sailing through the sea due to drifting cages.

  7. Alex

    Good idea: growing the fish IN the net!

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