International aquaculture marketing and research projects are underway to examine and develop high soy-inclusion aquafeeds for farmed freshwater and marine fish and shrimp.

Marketing and research efforts target countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.

United States

Aquaculture production in the United States is dominated by channel catfish in the southeast and rainbow trout production in the west.

South America

Aquaculture production in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean is dominated by vannamei shrimp and tilapia production, with an emerging marine fish production sector.

Contact: Jairo Amezquita –


Egypt is the world’s second-largest producer of tilapia and the leading aquaculture-producing nation in the Middle East.

Contact: Salah Taher –


India is the second-largest aquaculture producing nation globally, after China, and has traditionally been a major producer of native Indian carps and diversifying with additional species, such as Pangasius, which is now the second-most-produced freshwater species after Indian carp. The aquaculture industry in India is modernizing and diversifying with additional species in production.

Contact: Vijay Anand –


Turkey is the second-largest aquaculture-producing nation in the Middle East, with significant production of European sea bass, gilthead sea bream, and rainbow trout for both domestic consumption and export.

A government mandate to move offshore helped grow the largest marine farm in Turkey.

Contact: Sirri Kayhan –


China is the largest producer of cultured fish and shrimp products globally, producing more than 20 million metric tons annually and supplying nearly 60% of global production. Freshwater production is dominated by several carp species, including aquafeed-fed grass carp, common carp, crucian carp and black carp; and filter feeding silver and bighead carp, tilapia, wuchang bream, and a variety of lesser produced species. Marine aquaculture is dominated by shrimp production in ponds, and marine fish production in near-shore ocean cages.

China has been the focal point of the marketing effort by USSEC’s International Soy in Aquaculture Program. Field trials began in China in 1992 on fish nutrition, feed-based aquaculture technologies, and the application of soy product in feeds for farmed freshwater fish. The USSEC feeding trials with marine finfish began in 1999.

See how U.S. soybean farmers are helping Chinese fish farmers revolutionize aquaculture.

Contacts: Zhang Jian –, Zhou Enhua –


Indonesia has a long history of aquaculture and is a leading producer of milkfish, marine shrimp, and carp. Aquaculture has been traditionally practiced in brackish water coastal ponds and inland freshwater ponds. Indonesia has substantial potential for marine cage farming development.


Malaysia is an emerging aquaculture nation with opportunities for a wide variety of popular freshwater and marine species.


Vietnam is the largest producer and exporter of pangasius catfish. It also produces tilapia, carp, and a variety of marine fish.

Contact: Lukas Manomaitis –


The Philippines is a leading producer within Southeast Asia of milkfish, tilapia, and shrimp, and is diversifying to include the culture of marine fish in ocean cages.

Contacts: Lukas Manomaitis –, Levy Manalac –

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