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A Spanish Seafood Company Is Trying To Open The World’s First Octopus Farm, With Plans To Harvest About 1 Million Octopuses Per Year, But Animal Welfare And Environmental Organizations Are Pushing Back

Victor1153 - stock.adobe.com - illustrative purposes only, not the actual octopus

Octopuses are incredibly intelligent deep-sea creatures that possess a wide range of cognitive abilities.

They can adapt to diverse environments, display complex behaviors, and complete an array of sophisticated tasks, from solving puzzles and opening jars to escaping from aquariums. The octopus’s bizarre appearance and unusual abilities have captivated scientists, making it a fascinating subject of study.

So, when a Spanish seafood company known as Nueva Pescanova announced that they had set their sights on opening the world’s first octopus farm in Spain’s Canary Islands to harvest the animals for seafood, the plan met harsh criticism and resistance from animal rights organizations.

The idea isn’t totally far-fetched since octopus-based dishes are popular all over the globe. Throughout northern Africa, east Asia, and Europe, octopus is enjoyed both cooked and raw. In addition, demand for their meat is rising.

According to Nueva Pescanova, the market for global octopus consumption is expected to grow by 21.5 percent in 2028.

The company claims that an octopus farm would reduce fishing for wild populations. Their aim is to help conserve the species while providing the world with a culinary delicacy.

Still, the thought of a commercial octopus farm is sickening to many people, especially since there is evidence that the octopus is a sentient being capable of physical and emotional feelings.

Nueva Pescanova plans to build a two-story facility on approximately 567,000 square feet of land along a dock of Las Palmas.

The process of raising the octopuses involves feeding larvae a diet of seaweed after they are birthed. Juvenile octopuses will feast on crabs for six to 15 months. Then, they will be placed in communal tanks until they become adults, which is when they will be ready for slaughter and shipping.

Victor1153 – stock.adobe.com – illustrative purposes only, not the actual octopus

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