The earliest evidence of fish farming dates to before 1000 BC in China. The Romans were adept at farming oysters and fish along the Mediterranean lagoons around 500 BC. And since millennia, humans’ fascination with the sea and the fresh water fish farming was further developed.
While this fascination continues to this day, a team of French scientists want to boldly farm fish where no one has done it before — on the lunar surface! If these visionary aquaculture scientists become successful, farming fish on the Moon could one day become a reality for astronauts and future space/moon tourists could relish their favourite seafood.
According to a Hakai Magazine report, the French scientists have a plan to grow fish on the moon using live eggs brought from Earth, and water collected from the lunar surface. It may sound bizarre and seem strange to consider raising animals on the moon in the near future, but these scientists claim to have found that fish can survive the trip. Their findings also offer a glimmer of hope to astronauts who can get much appetising food than packaged from the home planet.
The research paper published in the International Aquaculture journal presents a new study known as the Lunar Hatch Program conducted by the scientists from the University of Montpellier’s Space Center division and the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER). The scientists packed marine sea bass and scanty eggs were put to test in devices that vibrated and shocked them to recreate the experience of the explosion in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They were surprised to notice that 76 per cent of sea bass eggs and 95 per cent of the scanty eggs hatched. They compared it to the figures of eggs that did not shake at all in a similar study done last year.
The research teams now believe that these aquatic beings have evolved to withstand the adversities of water-based environments where they endure strong currents, waves and collisions with hard surfaces – fish eggs are naturally space-ready.
In addition to food benefits, the researchers also think that their proposed lunar fish farm will make life in a future Moon Village more enjoyable, as it can serve as a reminder of home with these fish varieties.