Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Aquaculture

By NOAA Fisheries:

Many aquaculture producers in the United States don’t raise fish, despite the industry’s popular image of fish farming. In fact, oysters were the most commercially valuable domestic farmed marine species in recent years. In 2017, oyster farmers harvested 36 million pounds valued at $186 million. And clams ranked number two in production value in 2012–2017. Other top U.S. marine aquaculture products include mussels, shrimps, and salmon.  

In recent years, a growing number of entrepreneurs are also turning to kelp to supply sustainable seafood and coastal jobs.

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Aquaculture approved for federal waters off Southern California

By Deborah Sullivan Brennan:

“Southern California will be one of the first two areas to allow aquaculture in federal waters, along with the Gulf of Mexico, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced.”

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Trump order leaves US offshore permit applicants pleased but uncertain

By Jason Smith, Undercurrent News:

Members of the small community of aspiring offshore aquaculturists who are in the middle of submitting their permits to farm in US federal waters, or who plan to do so soon, are generally pretty pleased about the recent presidential order meant to streamline the permitting process…”

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Ocean Crops: Is This The Next Frontier For Agriculture?

By Nishan Degnarain,

The food and agriculture industry is undergoing a radical transformation around the world. Covid-19 has accelerated disruptions to the global food supply chain.

Structurally, this transformation is long overdue as the world heads toward a population of 10 billion over the next thirty years.…”


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American Fisheries Society Position on Aquaculture

By the American Fisheries Society:

“The American Fisheries Society (AFS) supports sustainable growth of aquaculture. The demand for fish is expected to grow significantly in the next decade, but it is unlikely that capture fisheries can sustainably accommodate increased harvest pressure to meet this demand. Domestic freshwater and marine aquaculture present existing and emerging opportunities to sustainably address America’s ongoing dependence on imported seafood, while relieving local pressures on wild stocks and impacts on aquatic ecosystems and waterfront communities.”

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