Eco- F riendly Farming at Mote Aquaculture Park. Jim Michaels, Manager Sturgeon Demonstration Program. About Mote. Est. 1955 Nonprofit, independent (funded by grants, donations) 22 research programs on a variety of animals/habitats
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Jim Michaels, Manager
Sturgeon Demonstration Program
Our oceans are at their maximum sustainable yield — we can’t catch any more seafood than we already are.
At the same time, the world’s population will increase by 2.6 billion over the next 45 years — meaning demand for seafood will also rise.
The United States seafood trade deficit is $10.4 billion — a deficit second only to oil and natural gas
91 percent of the seafood we consume in the U.S. is imported — and more than half is farm-raised
By 2030, two-thirds of the worlds middle class will reside in Asia — 3 billion people
China has already switched from being a seafood exporter to a seafood importer
China’s demand for shrimp alone will be 4.5 billion metric tons by 2015
—U.S. seafood consumption last year was about 2 million metric tons
Traditional farming uses “new” water as quickly as every 5 to 7 minutes.
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