Fish and fish products are consumed as food all over the world and it is a good source of animal protein. Fish and other aquatic organisms have been of a great importance to man in so many ways like:
- Fish as Food
Fishes are consumed everyday by man, they are rich in protein and are delicious to taste.
- Fishes are Medicinal
It has been discovered that the consumption of fish can help to prevent various types of cancers, cardio-vascular diseases, skin, and hair problems, and they also help in keeping the brain stimulated. In traditional Chinese medicine, Sea horse, star fish, sea urchin and sea cucumber are used.
- Fishes as Source of Oil
Fish oil is oil derived from the tissues of oily fish which contains the omega-3 fatty acids.
- Fish Glue
Fish glue is made by boiling the skin, bones and swim bladders of fish which has long been valued for its use in all manner of products.
- Fish Fertilizer/Emulsion
Fish emulsion is a fertilizer emulsion that is produced from the fluid remains of fish processed for fish oil and fish meal industrially.
- Fish as a Source of Animal Feed
Fish meal is a brown powder which is made from both the whole fish and the bones while offal is made from processed fish which used as a high-protein supplement in aquaculture feed.
- Fish as a Source of Employment
Most farmers engage in the raising of fishes. They feed their families and pay their workers from the money realized after selling their fishes. The fish farmers use that as their own job, some specialize in catching fishes form the rivers, seas, oceans, lakes etc while others specialize in smoking, processing, freezing and packaging of the fishes.
Some farmers raise the fishes in the pond and sell them after they grow.
- Fish as a Source of Income
the money realized from the sales of the fishes by the farmer becomes his/her income after sales because of this, fish also serves as a source of income not only to the farmer but also to his or her workers whom he pays for their services being rendered to the farm.