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Concerns surround plans for world's first octopus farm

By T.K. Randall
February 25, 2022 · Comment icon 11 comments

Is octopus farming really a good idea ? Image Credit: PD - Pseudopanax
A Spanish company is planning to set up such a venture within the next two years - but is it really a good idea ?
The proposed farm, which has been spurred on by the growing global cephalopod trade, is being planned by Spanish aquaculture company Nueva Pescanova.

While the idea does have some merit, it has also been met with a significant degree of criticism, not least due to the potential ecological, environmental and ethical concerns of such a project.

Octopuses tend to prefer live prey - which would make feeding them problematic - and they also tend to become aggressive when kept in captivity, even going so far as to mutilate themselves.
They are also particularly good at escaping, which would make containing them a real challenge.

On the ethical side, recent studies have indicated that octopuses could be quite intelligent and are capable of not only solving basic puzzles, but also of feeling emotions.

As such, some countries have extended special protections to octopuses around the world.

Even so, these tasty cephalopods are very much in demand, with some 380,000 tons being traded each year and that figure is likely to nearly double by 2025.

Whether or not we should be farming octopuses (or even eating them at all), however, remains a matter of debate.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
Octopus farm I'm not sure is a great idea, but Octopus garden was always damn great!  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
I think Octopus could be classified as sentient, I don't think they should be eaten.  We don't (most of us on the planet) eat dogs.   It is a bad idea.
Comment icon #4 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
You mean rich people don't eat dogs.  In poorer countries they eat dogs.  It's only where you're rich and bored enough that certain animals are deemed too cute or too smart to eat. edit to add:  I do feel kind of funny every time I eat octopus because they are so smart and cool, but I still usually order them if I go out for sushi.
Comment icon #5 Posted by joshy 2 years ago
To be fair... ALL animals have a form of sentience. Self awareness is what we should be looking at. They are different and it's a shame how people throw the two terms around as if they are the same. Sentience in the most basic is it feels pain and it reacts. Self awareness it knows it is it own being in the world.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Xetan 2 years ago
Plenty of poor countries have animals which are culturally off-limits for a variety of reasons. This really isn't a class issue.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Myles 2 years ago
Seems to be a good idea if they can pull it off.
Comment icon #8 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
Cows in some parts of India for religious reasons. Do you have another example?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Xetan 2 years ago
I dunno man. Some things just aren't kosher
Comment icon #10 Posted by dragon1440 2 years ago
They are sentient and SELF AWARE. That has been proven over and over again. In fact there is a theory that if mankind had not come to prominence there's a chance Octopi could have become the dominant species. And to be honest unless we eat all of them they have a good chance of becoming dominant anyways after the human race destroys itself.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles 2 years ago
Not a good chance.   A very slime one but still a chance.  

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