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Discover the Educational Value of Aquaculture!

"Aquaculture" is the science and business of rearing aquatic species under controlled or semi-controlled conditions. Since these organisms are raised for human use, aquaculture is classified as the aquatic division of agriculture. In the US, aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of agriculture. But aquaculture is also a global industry. Production occurs in freshwater, brackish water and marine environments. In Kentucky, the primary focus is production of freshwater species.

Worldwide, interest in aquaculture is growing! Why? The answer is simple. Human population is directly responsible for food demands. More humans require more food. For generations, terrestrial farming and wild fisheries were capable of feeding the world. But land suitable for agriculture is becoming extremely limited. This reduces food production by traditional farming. Increasing pollution and over fishing of natural waters have also occurred. As a result, wild fisheries are not solely capable of meeting demands for seafood. Aquaculture is the only sustainable solution.

Education plays a key role in the future of aquaculture. As an applied science, aquaculture is a combination of biology, chemistry and mathematics. Its use in the classroom illustrates practical applications of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) core concepts. This is particularly true for K-12 students! As a part of Kentucky State University's Land Grant Program and Division of Aquaculture, the Aquaculture Education Program is attempting to meet these educational needs.




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Meet Our Staff
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William Bean, K-12 Aquaculture Educator



 


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