Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic species of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and plants. It can be done both in freshwater and saltwater. Some commonly farmed plants and animals are: carp, salmon, catfish, tilapia, oysters, clams, shrimp, seaweed, and even sea cucumbers and urchins.
Sustainability - This fast growing sector of food production helps meet the increased need for food for growing populations while reducing the strain on natural populations.
Consistency - Nature has limits on quantity and availability, while aquaculture can provide large and regular quantities throughout the year.
Economy - Aquaculture creates jobs around the world.
Environment - The process is low risk for the environment and can often benefit the area.
Learn About Aquaculture
A single oyster can clean over 15 gallons a day, retaining particles as small as 2 microns during their filter feeding process.
Oysters can improve species abundance and diversity by providing safe and nutrient rich habitats in the area.
No fertilizers, feeds, herbicides, drugs, chemicals, or antibiotics are used for oyster farming.
Oysters feed low on the food chain, which means low risk to natural aquatic populations.
The water is improved by reduced turbidity (cloudiness), better light penetration, and reduced anoxia (low oxygen).
These improvements to the environment thanks to oyster farms are even being tailored for other purposes, such as eelgrass restoration projects in areas that have been barren for decades.