Economists predict that aquaculture - the farming of aquatic organisms - will be one of three major economic opportunities in the new millennium. Everyone everywhere is either eating more fish or thinking they should!
Support for Aquaculture:
Changes in dietary patterns and the fact that the US Surgeon General now recommends eating fish as a significant protein source for the diet are strong indicators that opportunities in aquaculture will continue to expand. (Market demand is increasing).
Aquaculture must continue to increase its capacity as the wild catch is predicted to only marginally increase by 1.5% yearly over the next 15 years. (Market supply is shrinking).
Aquaculture is an environmentally responsible alternative to fishing - providing a consistent and reliable source of high quality, fresh seafood.
Farmers control the quality of water - producing seafood that is free from environmental contaminants.