The Importance of Aquaculture

Unlike agriculture, aquaculture is the cultivation of food in water versus soil.

Aquaculture has numerous advantages over agriculture regarding its efficiency in food production, and its ability to contribute to the solution of the world’s growing demand for food.

We are constantly investigating the trends in global and local aquaculture of which we play a part. We are aware as a company and as individuals, that we are direct participants in the well-being of our environment and our community; and it is important to us that our work not only generates income for various persons, but allows us feel that we are doing something positive for our world.

It is important to us that our customers are well informed about our product and the real impact its consumption generates environmentally, socially, and economically.

Some of the most recent information regarding global and local aquaculture:

Marine Aquaculture Could Feed Growing World Population, Science Daily, Dec. 2, 2009
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091201131744.htm

Aquaculture Production and Biodiversity Conservation
BioScience, January 2009, Vol. 59, No. 1, Pages 27-38
By Dr. James S. Diana
www.aibs.org

In the article by Dr. Diana, Ecologist with the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he notes that seafood exports from aquaculture activities generate more money for developing countries than meat, coffee, tea, bananas, and rice combined.

BioScience is a scientific monthly journal with sound, scientifically based and heavily cited overviews of current research in biology, accompanied by discussion sections on education, public policy, history, and the conceptual underpinnings of the biological sciences.

The Great Salmon Run: Competition Between Wild and Farmed Salmon
World Wildlife Fund (TRAFFIC Publications), January 2007
By Dr. Gunnar Knapp, Dr. Cathy A. Roheim, and Dr. James L. Anderson
http://www.traffic.org/home/2007/3/7/wild-vs-farmed-salmon-whats-the-catch.html

A comprehensive report on the competition between wild and farmed salmon, which sheds new light on the complex issues surrounding the salmon industry.
“Wild salmon could never supply the market demand being met by farmed salmon. A fundamental point of the report is that the debate should not be about wild versus farmed, but whether each method of production is being done right,” states Dr. Gunnar Knapp, professor of economics at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Aquaculture and the Future: Why Fisheries Economists Should Care
http://purl.umn.edu/28089

Aquaculture: The Sustainable Solution
http://www.salmonfacts.org/aquaculture.html

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