Aquaculture feed
For each of the past 30 years, our aquaculture industry has grown at an 8% rate. It is anticipated that by 2018, we will consume more farmed fish than wild fish. Some types of fish such as catfish and tilapia can be raised in aquafarms on grain-based, soybean-meal diets. However, most farmed fish are carnivorous and need to be fed large amounts of fishmeal or fish-oil pellets, both of which are produced from wild fish. It is estimated that 4 pounds of wild fish are needed to produce a single pound of farmed fish. Worldwide, one of every three fish that is caught is processed into fishmeal or fish oil used in aquaculture or agricultural fertilizers. As the aquaculture industry grows, so does the need for anchovies, sardines, herring and other whitebait fish. Aquaculture supporters claim their industry helps satisfy consumer demand for some seafood species, thereby protecting their wild counterparts. Opponents say aquafarming puts great pressure on the food supply upon which this industry and many species depend. Environmentalists claim our aquaculture industry’s methods are not sustainable for themselves, wild fish food stocks, or wild species that prey upon these stocks including birds, mammals and other fish.

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