We don’t normally associate fish and the ocean with farming but soon will. Wild fish stocks are declining on a global level. And, with one in seven people obtaining their protein from fish, and more than half of that supplied by aquaculture, how/where those fish are raised is becoming increasingly important for our growing population and food security.
Aquaculture makes a substantial contribution to our food supplies, so it must be done in a way that is sustainable. Specifically, we are looking at various closed-system technologies, including re-circulating tanks, raceways, flow-through systems, and inland ponds. These systems are being used for numerous species of fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants. Although the clear benefits (health and otherwise) of closed-system aquaculture systems have been recognized, we also support efforts to avoid the environmental and food safety flaws of open pen aquaculture. We hope to work toward international as well as domestic efforts that can effect positive change.
Our sustainable aquaculture fund provides grants to projects that focus on expanding and improving the way we farm fish, as well as providing food security and safer, cleaner food.
Learn more about Environmental Law Institute Ocean Program’s and The Ocean Foundation’s work on Offshore Aquaculture.
Download The Ocean Foundation’s expertise on Sustainable Aquaculture.
Here are some links from The Ocean Foundation blog as a follow up on fish and fisheries (sustainable and not):
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