Aquaculture in the U.S.
Seafood is a great food source for protein, vitamins, and minerals. This nutrient rich food source can provide us with essential omega-3 fatty acids not found in other foods. In fact, health experts are suggesting that we double our consumption of seafood for health benefits alone. Currently however, 85% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is being imported from other countries. With the growth in global population, now reaching over 7 billion people, the demand for seafood continues to increase. In the meantime, wild harvest fisheries in many oceans worldwide are reaching a maximum sustainable yield. Thus, it is not difficult to predict a need for an efficient food production method such as aquaculture.
With proper technique and sustainability in mind, aquaculture can be a very efficient and environmentally friendly means of producing quality food source. Not surprisingly, aquaculture fish food production is in fact increasing at a steady rate in many countries. In Thailand, governmental and industrial outreach program have aided aquaculture to greatly succeed. However, in the U.S. the aquaculture industry have remained relatively stagnant with posed limitation on the industry in many states. While the U.S. exports the technology and equipment for aquaculture, local production remains scarce.