In the video above, a reporter introduces aquaculture in Maine. Aquaculture is a farming practice that grows crops in water instead of on land. It includes a wide variety of plants and animals in fresh or salt water, indoors or outdoors. The practice of aquaculture has been around for at least 3,000 years, with the ancient Romans growing oysters and the Chinese growing carp.
Farmers, students, scientists, and others have been working to improve methods ever since those early days.
Aquaculture is used to grow fish, shellfish, and other aquatic organisms that people like to eat. It provides a way for farmers to grow crops that people want. In recent years, wild fisheries have reached their limit, and farming is a way to produce food that feeds a growing population. Worldwide, there are a variety of animals and plants being grown. They can be for people to eat, like catfish, salmon, oysters, and mussels, or kelp. It can also help with wildlife production.
Aquaculture is a versatile practice that can be done on very large farms covering many acres or as small as a tank or two in the home or office. It is a way to produce food that feeds a growing population. Aquaculture is an important practice that provides a sustainable way to produce food.