Here’s a problem: Nutritionists tells us to eat more fish, but the ocean’s supply is limited. The solution? Fish farms.
Aquaculture (the fancy word for fish farms) is growing rapidly around the world but not as fast in the U.S. Regulations of fish farms here are strict, as they should be. Today’s CNNMoney column is about efforts by the seafood industry and the Bush administration to streamline the regulatory process and make it easier to develop fish farms off the U.S. coasts. Those efforts are, for the moment, opposed by environmental groups and commercial fishermen, who worry about competition. It may be that over time the industry and the green groups can find common ground.
Here’s how the column begins:
Next time you order a shrimp cocktail, eat a bagel with smoked salmon or enjoy a tuna sandwich, know this: The world’s appetite for fish is growing a lot faster than the oceans can supply them.
Global fish consumption has doubled in the last 40 years, outpacing population growth. In the U.S., seafood sales have grown by about 10 percent a year since 2001. Nutritionists tout the health benefits of eating fish. But most ocean fisheries are fully exploited or overfished.
What to do? The seafood industry wants to grow more fish on farms, which already cultivate shrimp, salmon, oysters, clams, catfish and other species – providing nearly half the world’s fish.
You can read the rest here.