Aquaculture Production Growing in the U.S.

Data recently released from the 2013 Census of Aquaculture showed a 26% rise in the sale of aquaculture products since 2005. Last year, aquaculture sales within the U.S. totaled over $1.37 billion. The sale of crustaceans, like shrimp, crab, and lobster, accounted for $85 million of the total, a 59% rise since 2005.

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The census, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, provides a comprehensive picture of the aquaculture sector on both national and state levels.

Data from the census covers information related to production volume and methods, water sources, and sales outlets, and is used by federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as agribusinesses, trade associations, and producers.

The census also helps measure the amount of aquaculture products distributed for restoration, conservation, enhancement, and recreational purposes.

Information collected also helps determine research needs, justify funding for aquaculture programs, and improve and develop production methods to further advance the field.

Source:

“Aquaculture sales reach USD 1.37 billion in 2013.” Fish Info & Services Co. Ltd. October 2, 2014. Web. October 2014.