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Is Offshore Finfish Aquaculture in the Southern California Bight an Idea Whose Time Has Come?

The per capita consumption of seafood in the greater Los Angeles area is approximately twice the national average, and the demand continues to grow as population increases and people become more aware of the health benefits of eating seafood. How will the demand for seafood be met? Is sustainable aquaculture part of the answer?

In September 2008 the Aquarium convened a group of proponents of aquaculture, opponents, and the undecided to answer the question:

Is there an opportunity for development of offshore finfish aquaculture in the Southern California Bight?

The invited stakeholders included academic aquaculture scholars; successful aquaculture entrepreneurs and practitioners; engineers, policy makers, regulators, a venture capitalist, a leader in the California commercial fishing industry, and representatives of environmental NGOs. These documents, a summary and full report, are a result of their deliberations

Last updated October 19 2011