Aquaculture, or the farming of aquatic plants and animals, has become a significant contributor to the global diet and is the world’s fastest growing food sector.
It currently accounts for over half of the seafood people eat globally, and its total production is set to surpass that of all wild-caught fisheries – including the fish used for other purposes, such as animal feed – by 2025.
Despite this booming demand for farmed seafood, knowledge on how to farm our oceans sustainably, especially while meeting conservation goals, is limited. To address this need, NCEAS helped launch the Conservation Aquaculture Research Team (CART).
CART is a team of experts and analysts in ocean conservation, fisheries, and aquaculture with the mission of guiding this burgeoning food sector toward a future in which it works with, rather than against, conservation goals. Using synthesis science, they are seeking answers to the following questions:
- How can the industry better use offshore locations to support aquaculture sustainably?
- How does aquaculture compare to other global food systems in terms of its capacity for sustainability and meeting consumer demand?
- How might climate change affect aquaculture production?
A scientific accelerator, CART is the new face of aquaculture science, one that works to inform the industry with the best available science for a sustainable future.
Learn more on the CART website.
The visual essay below explains more about the motivation for this research.