Aquaculture has proven itself one of the most progressive, sustainable, and successful industries of the last decade with innovative technologies leading the way to a healthier future for humans and oceans alike. From a global perspective, aquaculture business is growing at a steady rate and is projected to continue to do so with an approximate annual revenue generation of $166 billion, according to a recent article published by The Fish Site, a knowledge sharing platform with premium news, analysis and resources for the aquaculture and commercial fishing industries.
The article, A Blueprint For U.S. Aquaculture Expansion, by Rob Fletcher, discusses the significant lag that the United States has slipped into in regard to involvement in the advancement of aquaculture as a sustainable option for fish in comparison to other countries around the world. According to Fletcher, New research indicates the U.S. aquaculture industry needs to target strategic outreach and consumer education in order to achieve its growth potential.
Organizations like Pentair AES are contributing in substantial ways to the effort of bettering the reputation and public view of aquaculture in 2018 through the sustainability of Urban Farming initiatives and a promise of excellence in commercial aquaculture including a unique collaboration with Urban Organics, and energy efficient pumps and other products.
The referenced research is part of an ongoing study being performed by researchers from the University of Maine's Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), led by Assistant Professor of Economics, Caroline Noblet, and Assistant Professor of Risk Communication, Laura Rickard, designed and implemented a nationally distributed survey to better understand U.S. resident perceptions and knowledge of sustainable aquaculture.
The survey is intended to acquire a better understanding of consumers' perspectives: what their beliefs surrounding the aquaculture industry are, where they get this information, and what changes in purchase behavior they have employed based on this interpretation. About 1,200 results were generated from across the country and provided a unique set of results. In short, the general perspective is significantly misplaced, making the work by Pentair and others within the aquaculture community even more relevant and necessary.
For more information on SEANET and the aquaculture U.S. study, visit the University of Main webpage.
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