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Bright outlook for marine aquaculture

By Liza Mayer   

News mariculture University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara

The world’s oceans are rife with aquaculture “hot spots” that provide enough space to produce 15 billion metric tons — or over 100 times the current global seafood consumption — of finfish annually, according to a new study.

'Hot spots' could provide enough space to produce 15 billion metric tonnes of finfish

The study says that if aquaculture were developed in only the most productive areas, the oceans could theoretically produce the same amount of seafood that the world’s wild-caught fisheries currently produce globally, but in less than 1 percent of the total ocean surface — a combined area the size of Lake Michigan, said UC Santa Barbara, whose scientists led the study.

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