September 27, 2016, by Katherine Gammon
The United States imports more than 90 percent of its fish, and more than half of that is grown on overseas fish farms. So why not establish aquaculture operations closer to home?
“The benefits of creating a robust aquaculture system are significant, and Southern California could serve as a model for the nation,” said Jerry Schubel, president of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.
The aquarium was a partner in a study released Tuesday analyzing the viability of aquaculture operations in federal waters and the potential use of technology to address concerns over the environmental impact of large-scale aquaculture. The U.S. has a $14 billion seafood trade deficit, according to the report.