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Farming for the future

US - Researchers say the seas are running dry of fish, but the work of local aquaculturists is helping keep plates full and hope alive.

With researchers warning in a recent report that the world will run out of seafood by 2048 if steep declines in marine species continue, the spotlight has suddenly shifted to whether seafood grown commercially on fish farms can meet future demand.

Locally, in Sarasota and Manatee counties, people are raising tilapia, sturgeon, snook, red snapper, pompano, queen conch, shrimp and clams for commercial sale. But the scale is small and the practice still sort of an oddity.

However, with seafood's increasing popularity and the possibility of diminished wild stocks, the modest beginnings of a few pioneers may encourage a vigorous new commercial food fish industry, local experts say.

Source: Herald Today

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