Our Mission

The California Aquaculture Association promotes commercial production of plants and animals in aquatic systems to satisfy the needs of consumers for wholesome products that are produced by sustainable means conserving California’s land and water resources.

Why aquaculture?

Demand for seafood is increasing. Our oceans are limited. Aquaculture (fish farming) is an environmentally responsible and very efficient method of protein production that helps meet our growing demand for food while also supplementing ocean fisheries.

What is aquaculture?

Aquaculture (a.k.a. fish farming) is the rearing of aquatic animals or the cultivation of aquatic plants. Production varies from fish and shellfish for human consumption to fish stocking of lakes and ponds to enhancement of wild (including ocean) populations.

What about sustainability?

With a feed conversion ratio near 1:1, aquaculture is one of the most sustainable and efficient methods of protein production. And feed producers are committed to continually lowering the amount of fishmeal used, making fish farming that much more sustainable.

What about water use and water quality?

Aquaculture is a low to non-consumptive use of water. And because the water needed to grow fish must be of very high quality, water that leaves fish farms is of the same or higher quality than that of water entering the facility.

What about antibiotics?

In the U.S., very few drugs have been approved for use with aquatic animals. And strict withdrawal times are followed with any approved drugs to ensure that no residues remain in the fish when it is harvested.

Should I buy local?

Yes. U.S. aquaculture producers must adhere to strict environmental and product safety rules and regulations. So you can rest assured knowing that the fish you’re eating is safe. (By the way, over 90% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported. So, whenever possible, buy local.)

What do California Aquaculture Association members grow?

California Aquaculture Association (CAA) producers grow a variety of fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants including abalone, algae, bass, bluegill, carp, catfish, caviar, mussels, oysters, perch, salmon (outside of California), seaweed, sturgeon, tilapia, trout, and more.

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