Pacific Ocean AquaFarms (POA) believes that offshore marine aquaculture must play a critical role in meeting this enormous challenge. The ocean covers more than 70% of the earth’s surface, yet it currently produces less than 2% of the world’s food supply. Alternative ways to responsibly utilize the ocean’s potential are therefore essential.
Seafood is one of the healthiest foods on the planet – it is high protein, low fat and nutritionally rich – and marine aquaculture is one of the most resource-efficient and environmentally friendly ways to produce it. Marine aquaculture requires:
• Virtually no land area to farm
• Virtually no fresh water
• Less feed for the resulting protein yield
• Less energy and fossil fuel for production
• Less generation of climate threatening gases
From a sustainability standpoint, aquaculture is an imperative.
Advancing marine aquaculture in the United States
Around the world, nations are investing heavily in sustainable aquaculture to meet the increasing demand and boost their seafood security. Aquaculture is already a vital food solution globally, with the fastest growth rate of any food production method.
The U.S., however, needs to increase its aquaculture production. With our own wild fisheries at or near maximum sustainable yield, we currently import over 85% of the seafood we consume – over half of which is farmed. This reliance on other countries not only contributes to a substantial trade de?cit (over $16.8 billion annually), it threatens our future food security while putting consumers at the mercy of foreign regulation and farming practices for the quantity, quality and safety of the seafood we eat.
Recognizing this imperative, POA is proud to advance sustainable marine aquaculture in the United States. By working with research institutions, government agencies, scientists, environmentalists, and practicing fishermen and farmers, we’re developing a model for offshore aquaculture that will produce healthful seafood, create local jobs and support working waterfronts – guided by responsible ocean stewardship and diligent consideration for the environment.
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