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Offshore Aquaculture

Offshore Aquaculture

Case Study

Feed pellets for an offshore cage

The U.S. government (NOAA Fisheries) is drawing up plans to lease large areas of our continental shelves to corporations for this type of fish farming. One reason they cite for their support is that offshore aquaculture can help correct the current trade imbalance in seafood and thus help the economy. Critics of the embryonic industry fear that offshore aquaculture is poised to repeat the same mistakes that have plagued near-shore fish farms. In addition to the problems related to disease, there are concerns about plans to farm carnivorous species like cod and halibut, which could result in a major increase in the amount of fish removed from the ocean to feed them. NOAA Fisheries is planning to invite public input about their plans for this new industry.