Experts laud climate benefits of proposed US expansion offshore fish farming

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Earlier this month, the American Fisheries Society and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presented a congressional briefing on developing marine aquaculture to build climate resistance and climate-friendly food production.

According to panelists, the world will need about 60 percent more food by the year 2050 in order to keep feeding a growing population, including 60 percent more animal protein by 2030.

Expansion of the aquaculture industry – and especially the offshore aqauculture sector – could a sigificant step forward in addressing that global need, according to  Jesse Trushenski, the chief science officer and vice president of animal welfare for Filer, Idaho, U.S.A., Riverence, the largest trout- farming company in the country.

“We could feed a couple billion more people with more chicken and pork and beef,” Trushenski said. “But if we’re going to do that, it’s going to mean a lot more feedlots and a lot more acres in crop production. And that has consequences for fish as well as the climate.”

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