What is Aquaculture?












Aquaculture involves growing juvenile fish or shellfish, supplied by a hatcher, in a nursery until they are large enough to be grown out in the coastal waters. As soon as the fish and shellfish reach a legal size, they are harvested and sent to market.

In Massachusetts, shellfish farmers work hard to meet best practices, for your health and for the health of our environment. All fish and shellfish farms in MA are prohibited from treating their waters with pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and growth stimulants that may harm the native habitat. Shellfish farmers in the Commonwealth rely on the natural conditions of the water to feed and grow their products, which minimizes their impact on the environment.

Learn more about aquaculture practices click here.

To learn more about how CQP-certified producers help promote sustainable practices click here.

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