Aquaculture

Aquaculture: (USDA ERS) The production of aquatic animals and plants under controlled conditions for all or parts of their lifecycles.

Aquaculture: (CSIF) An emerging opportunity for Iowa farmers looking to grow their farms, diversify existing operations or get started farming.

According to the USDA, global demand for seafood is projected to increase by 70 percent in the next 30 years and harvests from capture fisheries are stable or declining. As a result, there is mounting interest in growing the aquaculture industry to supply aquatic food needs.

Seeing a need for more farm-raised fish, many Iowa farmers see an opportunity to get their start in the aquaculture industry.