National Aquaculture Association (NAA) provide a unified national voice for aquaculture that ensures its sustainability, protects its profitability, and encourages its development in an environmentally responsible manner.
Why Join NAA?
The NAA unifies a diverse industry to serve three primary goals:
- Serve as “One Voice, One Industry” on national issues
- Provide information on issues that impact the US aquaculture industry
- Increase the demand for US farm-raised seafood
It is difficult for one species group, one company, or one producer to influence policy and government decision-makers. However, by working together the U.S. aquaculture industries will be heard. As the “One Voice” for industry, the NAA works to ensure that you are represented on the issues that affect you the most. In addition to coordinating action within the industry, the NAA provides a national voice to media and policy makers.
Education and Promotion
The NAA works hard to increase the demand for U.S. farm-raised seafood. Through the development of brochures, participation in forums, the NAA website, and exhibiting at various tradeshows such as the Boston Seafood Show, the National Restaurant Association, and the American Dietetic Association, the NAA makes sure that accurate facts, science-based information, and the health benefits of U.S. farm-raised seafood are communicated to health professionals, educators, consumers, and the media.
Through NAA Industry Updates and NAA Action Alerts, NAA provides timely information to its members on association and industry events, issues, changes in federal regulations, and other topics of importance
National Resource Center
The NAA serves as a direct source of information for reporters, government agencies, teachers, students, seafood buyers, consumers, and others. Questions on current issues, trends, statistics, and other specifics about the domestic aquaculture industry and its products are answered or referred to a credible source.
Conference and Workshops
As a member of the Aquaculture America Conference Steering Committee, the NAA organizes a Producer Program comprised of various sessions on marketing, aquatic animal health, offshore aquaculture, emerging species, and other topics of interest to domestic producers. NAA members are eligible for up to a $100 discount on the Aquaculture America Conference registration fee. In addition, NAA conducts workshops across the US to give producers the knowledge and skills to help shape the public’s perception of aquaculture at the local level, to market their products more effectively, and to improve their profits.
Participation and input from members to the NAA’s priorities and programs is essential in the success of the association. Members often accompany NAA staff in representing the US aquaculture industry on stakeholder panels, agency visits, and national committees.
To provide a unified national voice for aquaculture that ensures its sustainability, protects its profitability, and encourages its development in an environmentally responsible manner.
Aquaculture or fish farming is the raising of fish and shellfish on special farms. Aquaculture can take place in the open ocean, in bays, in ponds, in greenhouses, and even in buildings.
In addition to preserving mummies and building pyramids, the ancient Egyptians were raising fish over 4,000 years ago. The Chinese also have a long history of fish farming. They raised a fish called a common carp because it was good to eat.
The Japanese raise a special type of fish similar to goldfish that can sell for thousands of dollars. These special fish are called KOI.
Many people raise koi as a hobby and they want certain colors and patterns. The colors may be white, black, red, orange, and grey. Sometimes the fish have shiny SCALES. Sometimes they have no scales at all.
In the United States, people started to farm fish so they could stock lakes and streams with fish for people to catch.
Some researchers are experimenting with raising fish in giant cages many miles offshore. The cages are equipped with cameras and computers so that scientists on dry land can see what is happening. FLOUNDER and COD are being raised in cages.
In Japan, oysters are farmed to produce cultured PEARLS. A tiny bead is placed in the oyster. The bead bothers the oyster so it produces a smo
Aquaculture is important because it provides high-quality, healthy food for your dinner, produces fish like TROUT and CATFISH to stock lakes and ponds for recreational fishing, and some shellfish, like clams, oysters, and mussels actually clean the water.
Clams, oysters, and mussels are important both because they taste good and because they help to keep the water clean. These animals are called filter feeders because they strain food out of the water.
If you ever visit the ocean, you might find an oyster shell that has other shells attached to it. Because oysters often grow together, they form habitats and hiding places for other animals. A HABITAT is a place to live.
Trout and catfish are both freshwater fish, but they live in very different habitats. Trout like to live in cold, clear, running water that has lots of oxygen (Remember, fish use their GILLS to take oxygen out of the water so they can breathe). Trout eat during the day. They eat insects, fish, and shellfish.
Catfish live on the bottom and like warm water. Because they often live in murky water, catfish have special “whiskers” called BARBELS that can help them feel around in the dark. That’s how they got their name. They have whiskers just like a cat. Catfish like to feed at night. They eat insects, small fish, and plants.
Fish farmers have to recreate those habitats so that their fish will grow. Trout are raised in spring-fed raceways where the water moves quickly through the system. Catfish are raised in ponds. Different types of aquaculture fish are fed different foods just like dogs and cats require different foods.