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Farmers utilize proper housing and siting, limited stocking density, and high-quality diets to prevent disease and the need for antibiotic use! 


Omega-3 levels in fish is highly dependent on what the fish ate, which can vary based on where the fish lived and when it was caught. Farm-raised fish typically meet or exceed omega-3 levels compared to wild-caught! 


We primarily grow salmon, oysters, clams, mussels, and aquatic plants in the United States!


Marine aquaculture in the United States contributes to seafood supply, supports commercial fisheries, restores habitat and at-risk species, and maintains economic activity in coastal communities and at working waterfronts in every coastal state!


DYK: 62 percent of the fish we eat will come from aquaculture (fish farmers!) by 2030 according to the Global Aquaculture Alliance.


We need both farm-raised and wild-caught seafood to be sustainable!


“U.S. fish farms operate under some of the world’s most robust environmental protections, producing environmentally safe, sustainable sources of domestic seafood, creating jobs, supporting resilient working waterfronts and coastal communities, and providing international trade opportunities.”


Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments including ponds, rivers, lakes, and the ocean…or fish farming for short!


Globally, aquaculture supplies more that 50 percent of all seafood produced for human consumption!


Did you know… 93% of U.S. farm-raised catfish is raised in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas!


Normally when people think Idaho, potatoes come to mind, but the vast majority of farm-raised trout also comes from the state. Idaho’s success is linked to a vast system of aquifers and springs!


Fish can be fed by hand or with automatic feeders. Farmers monitor the feeding of fish every day to ensure they are healthy. Fish feed can either be made to float or sink, depending on the preference of the fish it is made for. For example, shrimp only like feed that sinks, but most other fish will eat floating feed. U.S. grown soybean and corn are important fish feed ingredients.


Farm-raised fish start in hatcheries and are then moved to ponds, raceways, tanks or net pens, depending upon the species. A catfish pond is typically 10 acres or less with a depth of 5 to 10 feet.

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