Feeding a hungry world; Restoring depleted fish populations
Aquaculture is defined simply as the rearing of plants and animals in water. For more than 35 years, HSWRI has applied aquaculture research as a conservation tool to produce food sustainably and to help restock depleted fisheries. Breeding aquatic animals and rearing the young from microscopic egg to market size is a complex undertaking, especially when the animals are destined for release. It requires significant knowledge in a diverse array of fields and a sophisticated hatchery infrastructure to control the environment of the fish.
Our aquaculture research projects all have the highest goal in common – to conserve wild stocks by providing alternative or supplemental sources of fish that are produced sustainably. Whether we’re breeding seabass, halibut or rock fish for release back into the wild; butterflyfish or clownfish for the aquarium trade; striped bass or yellowtail for the food market, we’re trying to provide economically and environmentally viable solutions to ever increasing human demands on biologically sensitive and limited ocean resources.