Aquaculture in Kentucky Could See Increased Demand, in Light of the Gulf Oil Spill

Bowling Green, KY – The head of the Division of Aquaculture at Kentucky State says fish and seafood products grown in Kentucky ponds could be at a competitive advantage, as more consumers express interest in food safety. Dr. Jim Tidwell says the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has led more people to ask about the point of origin of their fish and seafood. He stresses that about seventy percent of the seafood consumed in the
United States is imported. Dr. Tidwell says aquaculture allows farmers to produce the fish and seafood products in a controlled environment.