Action Plan for National Program 106: Aquaculture 2015-2019
Goal: Aquaculture is the production of aquatic animals under controlled conditions for all or part of their lifecycles. Interest in aquaculture production is on the rise because of limits to harvest of wild caught seafood and increases in demand for seafood and other products of aquaculture. The ability for U.S. aquaculture producers to meet that demand requires development of technologies to reduce the cost of production while maintaining and improving product quality. Producers, processors and breeders are in need of systems that maximize aquatic animal production, reduce environmental impacts, increase market competitiveness, sustain producers, and earn consumer confidence. Research in the disciplines of genetics, nutrition, health, and physiology will support the biological improvement of animals, while ecology, water quality, engineering and food science will support the improvement of systems and products to ensure sustainability.
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