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NFC: Re: Fw: Aquaculture

Hi Tim,
Great technological strides have been made in commercial aquaculture, and stocking densities have grown amazingly high without too much extra work.  Check out my web site for some links on commercial fish farms.
There is an experimental facility near me that I've visited with in Raleigh.  The NCSU Fish Barn investigates new technologies in high-density aquaculture and is open to the public for visits.  Just call ahead to make an appointment.
Most of the fish species that are cultured indoors in North America are non-native species.  Yellow perch and catfish are a couple of noteable exceptions.  Tilapia is a big favorite with fish farmers.  While it is easier to get permits to culture native species (there is less of a concern if you have a spill and they "go wild"), how often do you see "largemouth bass" at the supermarket?  In my opinion, I think the cultured exotics are displacing the native species in the grocer's freezers and thus reducing pressure on wild populations.
Chris Hedemark
Hillsborough, NC
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From: robert a rice
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Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 9:13 PM
Subject: NFC: Fw: Aquaculture


Robert Rice
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----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Tim Errington" <tim at todaysbarn_com>
To: <president at nativefish_org>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 14:45:40 -0700
Subject: Aquaculture
Message-ID: <001a01c021b9$ccb5b260$d2eaadce@computername>
Is aquacultre a good thing?
In other words, can farm grown fish provide humans with fish to eat thereby relieving the pressure on wild stock?
I am having a hard time getting a clear view of this issue.