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National Program 106: Aquaculture
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USDA ARS National Program 106 Aquaculture Action Plan 2020 – 2024

Aquaculture is the production of aquatic organisms under controlled conditions throughout part or all of their lifespan. In 1980 Congress declared “… that aquaculture has the potential for reducing the United States trade deficit in fisheries products, for augmenting existing commercial and recreational fisheries, and for producing other renewable resources, thereby assisting the United States in meeting its future food needs and contributing to the solution of world resource problems. It is, therefore, in the national interest, and it is the national policy, to encourage the development of aquaculture in the United States." In response to this declaration, the ARS National Program for Aquaculture is focusing on research that supports the production of quality seafood products for human consumption.

The Action Plan for Aquaculture has been updated.  A sixth component has been added to the plan.  Component 6: Developing Sustainable Aquaponic Production Systems - see pages 27-29.

To read the entire Action Plan (pdf; 1.1Mb): 2020-2024 Action Plan_amended 7-20-2021