The National Aquaculture Association's mission and objects are to provide a unified national voice for aquaculture that ensures its sustainability, protects its profitability, and encourages its development in an environmentally responsible manner.
Aquaculture is the production of marine and freshwater organisms under controlled conditions. This includes fish and shellfish for human consumption, sport fishing, backyard ponds, and release to enhance wild populations. Other farms produce aquatic plants for food, garden ponds, aquariums, and even for fuel and medicine. Aquaculture production includes baitfish, cultured pearls, and tropical fish.
Some types of aquaculture are practiced in the open ocean and in bays where products such as mussels, clams, oysters, salmon, flounder, and cobia are grown. Other aquaculture occurs in artificial earthen ponds, that are the primary source of farm-raised catfish, tilapia, bass, shrimp, crawfish, baitfish, and ornamental fish and plants. Trout, because they have high oxygen requirements, are often raised in raceways where water continuously flows through the system.
In some areas, aquaculture production takes place on land in high-tech recirculating systems that re-use the water after it has been cleaned.
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