Guess I better go and check out the peas on the
The oceans are vast and are a potentially unlimited
(or near as) supply of food, but as any North Sea cod fisherman or New
England whaler can tell you, traditional fishing methods have their
limits as fish stocks are over-harvested in an alarming short time.
Some forward thinkers figured that the alternative
was farming. By this I don't mean the now familiar method of
putting some fish pens in an estuary or raising shrimps in basins.
I mean turning entire continental shelves into vast mechanised farms
like the ones pictured above for raising everything from prawns to
And it wouldn't just be fish farms either.
Kelp would be grown in the shallows lit by solar mirrors. Huge
nuclear-powered blowers would be set up in the ocean depths to force
nutrient-rich waters into the upper sunlit regions to make them more
fertile. Unwanted stocks of fish would be weeded out like vermin
to make way for massive shoals of commercial fish stocks to be tended
and herded by fleets of fishing submarines. Even whaling would
make a comeback, not in the old hunting sense, but with pods of
enormous size being raised like cattle and herded with the aid of
domesticated killer whales.
No doubt "One Man and His Orca" would run for years
on the BBC.