The worldwide demand for seafood continues to grow exponentially, but wild seafood stocks have been declining precipitously around the globe, due to overfishing and climate change (Sustainable Aquaculture, Times Magazine, 2009). Dwindling wild seafood supply is struggling to keep up with the consumer needs; hence, land-based aquaculture farms have been proliferating. In various countries, however, shrimp farms have played a significant role in the destruction of the rich ecosystems that protect fish, birds, and other small mammals.
Florida Aquaculture Foundation supports the efforts of environmentally sustainable aquaculture farming. These are methodology and techniques that protect marine life and creates ecological efficiency as part of the global food system. We promote teaching production practices to students, farmers, individuals, and groups interested in sustainable farming that are more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sound.
Working in conjunction with colleges and universities, the Foundation is developing student internship and certificate programs that emphasize hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences with the ultimate goal of economic empowerment through education. In addition, funding will be raised for scientific research that encourages and promotes technological advances and sustainability in both live bait and super-premium table shrimp cultivation.