Why Grow Shellfish?

  • World population will exceed 9.6 billion by 2050.
  • Aquaculture, or the farming of aquatic organisms, currently supplies half of the fish and shellfish consumed in the world.
  • The United States currently ranks 17th in world production and imports over 90% of its seafood, resulting in a trade deficit of over $10 billion.
  • Expansion of the U.S. aquaculture industry will reduce the trade deficit, create new businesses and jobs and revitalize working waterfronts.
  • Shellfish (clams, oysters, scallops and mussels) farming is sustainable; shellfish filter (clean) the water as they feed.
  • There is an increasing recognition of the value of shellfish in ecological restoration.
  • Thus, shellfish are not only good to eat, they are good for the economy and the environment.