BAHAMAS CERTIFIED SEAFOOD

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WHAT IS AQUACULTURE?

Aquaculture is the process of farming or growing animals and plants in a controlled water environment.

Due to the increasing global demand, edible farm-raised aquatic products are the fastest growing sector in world food production. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) projects to meet the increasing demand for seafood, the world will need 40 million tons of farm-raised products per year by 2030. Fish farming supplements the wild seafood harvests and plays an important role in meeting  the dietary needs of an increasingly health conscious and growing population.

In 2005, the United States fish and aquatic product farms sales reached $1.1 billion. Florida aquaculture is ranked high in the U.S. with over $75 million in sales and over 3,000 water acres dedicated to production  in 2005. Aquaculture has a number of business advantages. Growers can control a uniform size and quantity of their products The supply of the product can be easier to maintain to help achieve a desirable price structure. Selective breeding and feeding can be used to increase disease resistance and growth rates.

Just as on any agricultural farm, the type of product a farmer wants to grow influences the methods and facilities used. Some types of aquaculture are practiced in the open ocean, in bays or in a variety of man-made ponds and tanks. Farming facilities are constructed to be environmentally compatible with natural resources and varied environments.

AQUACULTURE IN FLORIDA

ARE EDIBLE FARM-RAISED PRODUCTS HEALTHY AND SAFE?

Edible farm-raised aquatic products, like their wild counterparts, are naturally low in saturated fats, cholesterol and calories and high in protein, vitamins and minerals. They contain omega-3 fatty acids. Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids contributes to the prevention of heart disease, dementia and lowering blood pressure. Studies have also shown that eating fish twice or more times per week can contribute to a person’s feeling of happiness and help ward off depression.

Concerns have been expressed about chemicals and antibiotics used to prevent disease and promote growth in farm-raising aquatic products. To address these concerns, the industry is monitored and regulated by a number of government agencies, including the Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, to reduce the potential for abuse
of these additives. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provide federal oversight on the harvesting, processing, and distribution .