Accession Number : ADA337145

Title :   Current Status of Federal Involvement in U.S. Aquaculture

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA337145

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : Aquaculture has a long history of supplying protein and other products around the world, but a short history of commercial production in the United States. Until the 195Os, aquatic species were produced mainly to supply fish restocking programs, to provide baitfish and sportfish for fee fishing operations, and for direct family consumption; little reached commercial markets. Although trout had been produced for food since the turn of the century, only with the advent of the catfish culture industry did commercial aquaculture gain visibility as a market force.' Hundreds of different aquatic species are produced in the United States, including various animal and plant ornamentals, species for environmental remediation, industrial and pharmaceutical feedstocks, and products for biomedical research. Although as many as 30 are commonly cited aquacultural species, fewer than 10 species make up most of U.S. aquacultured food production: catfish, trout, crawfish, salmon, hybrid striped bass, tilapia, and various molluscs.

Descriptors :   *AQUATIC ANIMALS, UNITED STATES, COMMERCIAL FISHING, FOOD, FISHES, MOLLUSCA, TROUT.

Subject Categories : Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE