And On His Farm He Had Some Fish
Part B: Trends in Aquaculture
1. Examine the table below, which shows the average annual growth rates of world aquaculture production for different species groups and aquaculture locations.
Answer the following questions to check your understanding of the information provided in the table above.
- Rank the species groups in order of average annual growth rate from greatest to least for the time period 1970-2016.
- What two species had the fastest production growth rates from 2010-2016?
Aquaculture is currently responsible for just less than half of the fish consumed globally. When managed responsibly, aquaculture has the potential to help take some of the pressure off of capture fisheries and to provide employment and revenue for coastal communities. However, as aquaculture production continues to grow, so do concerns over aquaculture's impacts on the environment and wild fish species.2. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium's website on Fishing & Farming Methods. Scroll down the page, about two-thirds of the way to the bottom, and read the section titled Fish Farming (Aquaculture) to learn more about some different methods of fish farming.
Test your knowledge of fish farming methods.
- What are the five major types of fish farming methods? What types of fish are raised in each type of facility?
3. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium's website on Aquaculture, and read the information on the six tabs (Aquaculture Home, Wild Fish, Pollution & Disease, Escapes, Habitat Damage, and Management) to learn more about the problems with aquaculture.
Stop and Think
2: How does aquaculture impact the environment and wild fish populations?
The biggest contributor to the growth rate of crustacean aquaculture comes from shrimp. Continue to Part C to learn how the rapid rise of shrimp farming has changed on Central American country.