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Soybean Checkoff-Supported Project Chosen for Time's "Best Inventions" List (11-5-2012)The next-generation aquaculture technology behind the Velella Mariculture Project has been named to Time Magazine's "50 Best Inventions of 2012" list. Citing the growing global demand for Omega 3-rich marine fish and flat wild fish catches, Time highlighted Velella's potential as an aquaculture method with no discernible environmental impact. The project was funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff
Neil Sims: Growing more seafood for more people (7-25-2012)An unanchored fish pen tethered to a drifting boat that allows sashimi-grade Kampachi to be farmed in their natural environment miles offshore of Hawaii. The fish in the Aquapod were fed a diet with a significant proportion of soybean meal and soy oil through a hose from the connecting tender vessel.
Harvest of First Farmed Fish in U.S. Waters Shows Promise of Eco-Friendly Aquaculture (2-29-2012)Marine biologists at Kampachi Farms announced today the successful final harvest from the "Velella" Research Project, which raised fish for the first time in U.S. Federal waters. This harvest completes the grow-out cycle of sashimi-grade kampachi fish from an unanchored drifter pen that has been riding eddies in the open ocean, 3 to 75 miles offshore of the Big Island of Hawaii, since last summer.
"Velella" Research Project Promises to Revolutionize Sustainable Aquaculture (9-14-2011)The country's foremost pioneers of sustainable open ocean aquaculture, or mariculture, have recently revealed their latest research of cutting-edge technologies that will allow the farming of fish in their natural marine environment without affecting pristine ocean ecosystems.
Responsible Aquaculture: The Solution for Protecting Wild Fish Populations (7-6-2011)Health conscious consumers and a growing global population are driving demand for fish and seafood products, with consumption expected to increase by nearly 50% by the year 2050. That's good news for consumers, who currently consume almost 17 lbs. of seafood each year. Health experts agree that if consumption of heart-healthy seafood were doubled, there would be a 30% reduction in mortality nationwide. However, that's bad news for ever-declining wild fish stocks.
Soy-Fed Farmed Fish -- A Safe, Healthy and Sustainable Choice (6-27-2011)It's a well-documented fact that incorporating fish into a regular diet offers numerous health benefits. Recent medical studies have focused on the astounding attributes of omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood. A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that modest fish consumption could reduce risk of coronary death by 36% and overall total mortality by 17%.
U.S. Soybean Farmers -- Committed to Feeding the World Sustainably (6-20-2011)According to the United Nations, global food production will have to rise by 50% by the year 2030 to meet the demands of a growing population. Soybeans are emerging as a critical crop of a healthy and abundant food to feed the world. Soy products provide healthful food in the form of tofu, edamame, soy milk, and other vegetarian options.
ISA Encourages U.S. Aquaculture Industry to Move Forward (6-14-2011)New National Sustainable Marine Policies a Step in Right Direction
Efforts by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) to generate U.S. aquaculture production in federal waters may have inched closer to reality last week.
U.S. Soybeans -- Making Aquaculture More Sustainable (6-6-2011)Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world, accounting for 50% of all seafood consumed globally. Faced with gravely endangered wild fish stocks, aquaculture is increasingly bridging the gap between declining supply and growing global demand for healthful seafood.
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