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By the Numbers:
Salmon is the most traded seafood in the world (outpacing tuna and shrimp).

Value: One 10-pound farmed salmon was recently worth more than one 300 pound barrel of crude oil.

Aquaculture today provides 50% of global seafood production.
The mission of The Conservation Fund has always included land and water conservation.  Through the Freshwater Institute program that water element sharpens to focus through science, technology and consultation.

By 2050 we are challenged to double the global food supply.  The Freshwater Institute specializes in the production technology and design of aquaculture systems; and in solutions to the water quality constraints and impacts presented by our farms and communities.  We share what we learn through science publication and targeted workshops.  We partner with clients to achieve the complementary goals of environmental sustainability, human health and economic vitality.

Watch this video to find out how recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology provides a sustainable, local way to farm healthy fish that’s good for people, our economy and the environment.



Projects

Superior Fresh

Superior Fresh

At the Freshwater Institute, we know that the future of sustainable seafood lies in developing innovative approaches that value...
SINTEF and Freshwater Institute Compare the Economics and Carbon Footprint of Salmon Farming Systems

SINTEF and Freshwater Institute Compare the Economics and Carbon Footprint of Salmon Farming Systems

A collaboration between the Freshwater Institute and SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture examines two types of salmon farming systems—open net...
Seafood

Seafood's "40 under 40": John Davidson

John Davidson is a senior research associate at the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute. Since 1998, John has conducted research...
Supporting Sustainable Fish Farming with Marine Harvest

Supporting Sustainable Fish Farming with Marine Harvest

For three decades, The Freshwater Institute has conducted research to develop and improve technologies that make fish cultivation a...
CtrlAQUA Research Center and The Freshwater Institute

CtrlAQUA Research Center and The Freshwater Institute

The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, a recognized expert in the technology and design of aquaculture systems, is participating in...
Reviving a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Reviving a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Runoff of nutrients from farmland in the Mississippi River Watershed is contributing to a hypoxic zone, or “dead zone,”...
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