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NYC Professor Promotes Urban Fish Farm

NEW YORK - In the basement of an ivy-covered building on the surprisingly leafy campus of Brooklyn College is something even more surprising: thousands of tilapia packed tighter than a subway car into 300-gallon fiberglass fish tanks.

Overseeing this watery domain is professor emeritus Martin Schreibman, director of the college's Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center.

A mild-tasting fish that was unfamiliar here a few years ago, tilapia is increasingly available in the United States, almost all of it farmed and imported from China and Central and South America.

Schreibman hopes to change that. He believes that urban aquaculture _ raising fish in big tanks in places like Brooklyn _ could be the solution to the overfishing of wild populations and provide Americans with jobs and healthy food.

Source: Wyoming News