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RESEARCHNEWS REPORT INDUSTRY

2018 Census of Aquaculture

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he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will soon conduct the 2018 Census of Aquaculture as a follow-on survey to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. This census is the only comprehensive source of information on the aquaculture industry in the nation. Last conducted five years ago, this census serves as the baseline for many decisions involving the sustainability and growth of U.S. aquaculture. The results will also help aquaculture organizations assess the current state of this critical sector of the U.S. economy. USDA’s NASS will survey farm operators to collect detailed information related to production and production methods, surface water acres and sources, sales, point of first sale, and distributed aquaculture. For the purpose of this survey, an aquaculture farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of aquaculture products were produced and sold, or distributed for conservation, recreation, enhancement, or restoration purposes, during the census year. Farming involves some form of intervention in the rearing process, such as seeding, stocking, feeding or protection from predators. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the stock being culti-

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vated in a controlled environment at least part of the time. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the stock being cultivated, in a controlled environment at least part of the time.

Census data are used by all those involved in the aquaculture sector: • Growers can use Census data to help make informed decisions about the future of their own operations, including whether or not to expand production, and to compare production volumes and pricing points with state and U.S. averages. • Aquaculture businesses and suppliers use the facts and figures to determine the locations of facilities that will serve producers and plan for the production and marketing of new products. • Legislators use Census numbers when shaping policies and programs, and evaluating and determining government funding and resources. • Extension and university representatives use the data to determine research needs and justify research funding and programs to develop new and improved methods of aquaculture production and profitability. The Census of Aquaculture will be mailed to all farms that reported aquaculture activity during the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Question-

naires will be mailed December 17. All those who receive a Census report form are required to respond even if they did not operate a farm in 2018. Please respond online, by mail, telephone, or personal enumeration by January 14, 2019. Respondents are guaranteed by law (Title 7, U.S. Code, and CIPSEA, Public Law 107-347) that their individual information will be kept confidential. NASS publishes data only in tabulated totals. The report cannot be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation. The privacy of individual Census records is also protected from disclosure through the Freedom of Information Act. Survey results will be available October 10, 2019. For more information about this survey: Call toll-free (888) 4AGSTAT or (888) 424-7828 Visit us online at www.nass.usda. gov/AgCensus Follow us on Twitter @USDA_NASS

AQUACULTURE MAGAZINE December 2018 January 2019_VOL 44 NUM 6  

Production of omega-3 enriched tilapia through the dietary use of algae meal or fish oil: improved nutrient value of fillet and offal

AQUACULTURE MAGAZINE December 2018 January 2019_VOL 44 NUM 6  

Production of omega-3 enriched tilapia through the dietary use of algae meal or fish oil: improved nutrient value of fillet and offal