Bright outlook for marine aquaculture

“Hot spots” could provide enough space to produce 15 billion metric tons of finfish
Liza Mayer
August 24, 2017
By Liza Mayer
'Hot spots' could provide enough space to produce 15 billion metric tonnes of finfish, says study
'Hot spots' could provide enough space to produce 15 billion metric tonnes of finfish, says study
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.

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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