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The Increasing Role of Seafood Aquaculture

By Matthew Stansbery Posted Sep 15, 2011 06:00 AM
Aquaculture within the aquarium hobby has expanded dramatically in the past 10 years, and this practice has increasingly supported the demand for seafood around the world.
The Increasing Role of Seafood Aquaculture

Photo by Norsk Havbrukssenter

In an article published this month by NOAA, aquaculture was credited for contributing up to half of all the imported seafood coming into the United States.  However, US-based aquaculture, while increasing and diverse, currently meets less than 5 percent of U.S. seafood demand.

Eric Schwaab, assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA Fisheries Service:  “While we are turning a corner on ending overfishing on wild stocks, this report shows the need for U.S. aquaculture to grow and complement wild fisheries […] Sustainable domestic aquaculture creates jobs in our coastal communities, helps meet the demand for healthy seafood, supports exports to global markets and helps us narrow the trade gap.”

In July, NOAA announced its National Aquaculture Initiative, to facilitate private sector investments in aquaculture.  The goal is to reduce pressures on the oceans while creating job opportunities.

Read the full NOAA article.

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