Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2019

FAU Researchers Work to Expand the Aquaculture Industry

The U.S. is facing a $14 billion trade deficit because we are the largest importer of seafood products in the world.

FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is working with USDA scientists to figure out how to expand the U.S. aquaculture industry in order to remedy the imports.

Harbor Branch has received $2.4 million in funds from the USDA to assist in carrying out this research.

According to WPTV and Harbor Branch researchers, 50 percent of the seafood the U.S. consumes is acquired from agriculture. Only 1 percent of that comes from the U.S.

Harbor branch would like to focus their research on spawning strategies in order for genetic improvement.

They hope the research will assist producers in being profitable, ensure environmental sustainability, and essentially make a healthy product.

Harbor Branch also hopes their research will allow more individuals to join the industry.

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