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What Is Aquaculture and Why Do We Need It?

The U.S. soy industry, through the International Soy in Aquaculture Program of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, has been working for more than 30 years to increase the utilization of high protein soy products in aquafeeds. This story, from the Global Aquaculture Alliance, explains why aquaculture is critical to a growing world hungry for seafood.

By 2030, 62 percent of all seafood produced for human consumption will come from aquaculture. Today, it’s about 50 percent. So, what is aquaculture?

Aquaculture is the controlled process of cultivating aquatic organisms, especially for human consumption. It’s a similar concept to agriculture, but with fish instead of plants or livestock. Aquaculture is also referred to as fish farming. The seafood that you find at your local grocery store is likely labeled as farmed fish. Aquaculture can happen all over the world, and it does: in coastal ocean waters, freshwater ponds and rivers, and even on land in tanks.

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Global Aquaculture Alliance
Global Aquaculture Alliance

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to advocacy, education and leadership in responsible aquaculture.