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Sustainable Seafood (Aquaculture)

Feeding a hungry world; restoring depleted fish populations

The world’s population is slated to grow by 2.4 billion people by 2050.* According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we must produce 70 percent more food to meet impending world hunger needs. As some wild fish stocks are decreasing, aquaculture is the practical solution to produce food sustainably, as well as to help replenish depleted fisheries. Aquaculture also can provide significant value to local economies. Reducing our country’s reliance on imported seafood would reduce the U.S. trade deficit and provide “blue tech” jobs to revitalize our working waterfronts.

Our research team and its collaborators have played a leadership role for over 35 years in developing innovative replenishment solutions with no negative biological impacts. Breeding and raising fish from minuscule eggs to a market-ready size is a complicated process. It requires invention and significant knowledge from many fields of science, including the understanding of sophisticated hatchery infrastructure to ensure an optimal environment for fish to flourish.

Whether we’re producing white seabass and halibut for release into the wild, striped bass and yellowtail for the seafood market or butterflyfish and angelfish for aquariums, we are preserving and renewing wild stocks by providing supplemental sources of fish that are produced sustainably.

Help us feed the world, replenish fish populations and provide economic value to American coastal communities.

*United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Core Research Themes

 

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Mark Drawbridge, M.S.

Program Leader