The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) provides a wealth of user friendly information about U.S. farm-raised seafood for consumers, retailers, foodservice professionals, educators, students, and growers. Materials focus on commonly-asked questions about the environmental impacts of aquaculture, production methods, farmed species, seafood and health, nutritional information, and recipes. The NAA also offers free educational programs for culinary schools and professional groups.

What is Aquaculture?

Aquaculture (fish farming) is the production of marine and freshwater organisms under controlled conditions. It includes fish, shellfish, and plants for human consumption, for stocking sport fishing ponds and streams, for bait, for enhancing wild populations, and for backyard ponds and aquariums.

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Environmental Stewardship

In the U.S., aquatic farmers must follow strict federal and state regulations developed to protect the environment, wild stocks, and farmed fish. U.S. aquaculture can help meet the growing demand for seafood by supplementing wild harvests and providing fish for bait and for recreational fishing areas. This helps to ensure the sustainability of wild fish populations.

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Choosing Seafood Farmed in the United States

Finfish and shellfish farmed in the U.S. are loaded with benefits that will help you stay in shape and enjoy a longer, healthier life. To help ensure the quality and wholesomeness of the harvest, federal and state agencies carefully monitor farming and processing. If you want safe, high quality seafood look for fish and shellfish farmed in the U.S.

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