US Aquaculture: Caring for Aquatic Animals

(10/08/19)

 

Earlier today Compassion over Killing, an animal welfare activist organization, released an undercover video depicting inappropriate and unacceptable live fish handling at a salmon hatchery.
 
The National Aquaculture Association does not support or condone malicious acts of animal abuse. Successful farming depends upon healthy animals and conscientious care. Animal abuse must be immediately reported to farm owners and/or managers or to public authorities when farm managers are unresponsive to reports of mistreatment in a timely manner. 
 
Aquatic animal care and welfare are critical to the success of US farms.  The National Aquaculture Association provides members with information to implement animal health, care and welfare practices to ensure the best water quality, feeds, and handling is experienced by the animals on their farms. We strongly support research to provide the best aquatic animal care possible, the work by the aquaculture extension community to instruct and demonstrate animal care and we are a strong and active partner with the US Department of Agriculture to create and implement the Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards whose goals are protecting animal health, healthy animals and successful farms.
 
The National Aquaculture Association and its members are proud of our contribution to the abundance, safety and quality of the farm-raised aquatic animals that American consumers enjoy as healthy seafood, fascinating aquarium and water garden fish, fish stocked for recreational fishing, baitfish, or fish stocked to control nuisance aquatic plants.  U.S. aquaculture is comprised of 5,350 farms located in every state that in 2017 sold $1.8 billion in farm-raised fish, shellfish, aquatic plants and other aquatic products. 
 
The huge majority of these farms are family-owned and located in rural inland and coastal communities. The National Aquaculture Association and its members have developed an animal welfare policy to ensure the health and wellbeing of our aquatic animals. The Association also provides information concerning aquaculture production practices, federal regulations concerning seafood safety, environmental protection, natural resource conservation, and fish and shellfish recipes.