The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has released a revised Aquaculture Action Plan to inform their applied research to benefit US aquaculture over the next five years. ARS conducts high quality, relevant, fundamental, and applied aquaculture research, to improve the systems for raising domesticated aquaculture species, and to transfer technology to enhance the productivity and efficiency of U.S. producers and the quality of seafood and other aquatic animal products.
The plan revision was triggered by language in the FY19 appropriations bill to fund “…the development effort of aquaculture technology that will ensure a steady supply of warm water marine fish seedstock for economic growth of the U.S. aquaculture industry.” This Congressional action and the subsequent ARS research component was informed by a workshop entitled “Marine Fish Aquaculture Scoping Workshop” hosted by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and a special session hosted by ARS, National Institute for Food and Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute during Aquaculture 2019 entitled “Status of Marine Finfish Species for U.S. Aquaculture.”
Other research components in the five-year plan include:
- Improving efficiency and sustainability of catfish aquaculture
- Improving efficiency and sustainability of salmonid aquaculture
- Improving efficiency and sustainability of hybrid striped bass aquaculture
- Enhancing shellfish aquaculture
For additional information or to answer questions, please contact Caird Rexroad III, ARS Aquaculture National Program Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (304) 620-5234.