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USSEC Releases Third Video in Series Highlighting Sustainable Aquaculture

USSEC recently released a new video showcasing the technology transfer to the Chinese aquaculture industry of the Intensive Pond Aquaculture (IPA) system.  Trials at Chinese fish farms that use the IPA system showed a significantly greater fish yield with less environmental impact.  The technology is expected to be widely adopted to revolutionize China’s pond aquaculture.
IPA technology was researched and developed at Auburn University with funding by the U.S. soy industry.  Dr. Jesse Chappell, Extension Specialist and Associate Professor of Aquaculture Development Hatcheries Management, worked with USSEC to bring the technology to China, the world’s largest producer of farmed fish with the majority of product raised in freshwater ponds.
“The IPA system offers multiple benefits to address environmental and food safety concerns,” said Dr. Chappell.  “By creating a riverine flow in the pond, the fish have a healthy environment, and water quality is protected due to the removal of waste and recycling for other uses, such as biofuel and fertilizer.”
USSEC Senior International Aquaculture Program Advisor Dr. Michael Cremer said that limited water resources and water quality are critical factors restricting the growth of the Chinese aquaculture industry.
“Greater food safety, less environmental impact and up to triple the yields are all reasons why the IPA technology has been enthusiastically endorsed by the Chinese government,” stated Dr. Cremer.  “The biggest benefit is water conservation and being able to recycle and reuse the pond water because the waste has been removed. This system has the potential to revolutionize Chinese aquaculture, and will certainly help them grow to meet increasing demand for high quality fish.”
This video is the third in a series highlighting sustainable aquaculture around the world.  Please click here to view.