The Rise of the Aquaculture Industry - Part 1

Audio provided as a service to farm broadcasters by the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.

Audio with Dan Burden, Iowa State University Value-Added Ag Program Coordinator and Allen Pattillo (Pat-tee-yo), Iowa State University Extension Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist.

**Editor’s Note: This is the first of a 2-part series.**

Suggested Lead:  Over the years - one particular sector of agriculture has seen many ups and downs - but in recent years it has grown - especially in the Midwest.

Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments. Iowa State University Extension fisheries and aquaculture specialist Allen Pattillo says there are many systems within aquaculture…tape

Cut #1               :18                                O.C…”at this point.”

Aquaculture can be produced through more sustainable systems than much of the wild harvest occurring today - according to Dan Burden - Iowa State University Value-Added Ag Program Coordinator. Burden says the demand for fish protein is increasing around the world - and aquaculture can sustainably meet that growing demand.

Burden says products from aquaculture systems are high quality protein products…tape

Cut #2               :23                                O.C…”high quality.”

Over his 25-years of experience - Burden says there have been many people interested in aquaculture production…tape

Cut #3               :35                                O.C…”really happened.”

Burden says in the past - producers would enter aquaculture with occasional batch production instead of continuous batch production. He says continuous production is necessary for aquaculture operations to sustain.

Pattillo says there’s now a cooperative model for aquaculture that’s helping new farmers begin their aquaculture production…tape

Cut #4               :25                                O.C…”store chain.”

Burden and Pattillo are looking for aquaculture processors with connections in established high-value chains because the products from these systems are high-quality fish.