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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.

To read the entire Action Plan (pdf; 0.3Mb): 2015-2019 Action Plan 

 

 

Action Plan for National Program 106: Aquaculture 2010-2014

 

Goal: The U.S. aquaculture industries face formidable challenges.  The demand for seafood is increasing worldwide, yet 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 successfully identify, promote, and harness the aquatic animal improvements to maximize profits, secure supply, reduce environmental impacts, increase market competitiveness, sustain small and mid-sized scale producers, and earn consumer confidence.  Research in the disciplines of genetics, nutrition, health, and physiology will support the biological improvement of animals, while ecology, engineering and economics will support the improvement of systems and help to ensure sustainability. 

 

The vision for ARS aquaculture research and technology transfer is to support a thriving domestic industry based on improved genetic stocks and scientific information on biotechnologies and management practices to ensure a high quality, safe supply of healthful seafood and aquatic products.

 

Our research components strive to develop and ensure an abundant, safe, and affordable supply of seafood products for the 300 million U.S. consumers produced in a healthy, competitive, and sustainable aquaculture sector, a sector supported by over 4,300 aquaculture farmers that produced in excess of $1 billion dollars worth of goods in 2005 (NASS, 2005 Census of Aquaculture).

 

To read the entire Action Plan (pdf; 0.1Mb): 2010-2014 Action Plan

 

 

 

 

 


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