Soy-based feeds for fish and shrimp are a sustainable alternative to feed a growing global aquaculture industry. We work to meet the needs of this innovative and important industry as it produces fish and shrimp to feed a hungry world. The U.S. soybean industry has already been at the forefront of developing new aquaculture feed sources, and Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) is focused on meeting the demand. Through affiliations with the United Soybean Board (USB) and multiple state soybean checkoff organizations, aquaculture, feed and soy industries members, SAA will work to fund programs and research that increases the utilization of U.S. soybeans in the diets of fish and shrimp.
The United States has an excellent opportunity to increase aquaculture productions here at home. Along with growing more of our sustainable seafood, we can also grow jobs, and our economy,” according to Bridget Owen, executive director of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance. “The U.S. is the second largest consumer of seafood in the world behind China; however, we import over 85 percent of our seafood. We feel that the time is right for the Soy Aquaculture Alliance to work together with the U.S. seafood industry to see what can be done to help grow U.S. domestic aquaculture production.”
Several state soybean checkoff organizations, as well as the USB, have funded aquaculture programs in the past and the formation of SAA allows the soybean industry to better coordinate its efforts in the area of domestic aquaculture. The alliance will ensure that U.S. soybean checkoff investments in the domestic aquaculture industry will maximize long-term return on investment for soybean farmers and for the aquaculture, feed and soybean industries.
“We believe the U.S. soybean industry can be a valuable resource to the aquaculture industry by providing sustainable, plant-based feeds to allow for continued growth, especially here in the U.S. to meet the growing demand for nutritious fish and shrimp enjoyed by our communities.”
“We’re putting U.S. grown soybeans in U.S. grown seafood right on U.S. family’s dinner plates.” says Bill Bayliss, chairman of the SAA board of directors. “The U.S. aquaculture industry growing. We’re gaining notoriety and providing business opportunities for entrepreneurs and producers looking to expand output.”
The Soy Aquaculture Alliance is committed to building partnerships for abundant, healthy, homegrown seafood by connecting industry stakeholders and supporting practical industry research. SAA is governed by a volunteer board representing U.S. soybean farmers and the industry members. Membership is open to Qualified State Soybean Boards and public and private entities in the soy, aquaculture and seafood industries.