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Fish on a Farm

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(Describer) Under a round logo of a wave, title: Ocean Today.

(Describer) Underwater, small fish swim out of a pipe. Title: Fish on a Farm.

(Describer) A woman bags fruit at a farmers market.

(male narrator) Every weekend, small farmers around the country head to their local farmers' markets to sell their fruits and veggies. Guess what? There's a new farmer in town.

(Describer) A man holds a fish.

Fish farmers. In the U.S., we import over 80% of the seafood we eat, and half of that is farmed. This growing demand for safe, healthy seafood has prompted a revival of the fish farming industry here at home.

(Describer) Many fish swim in a large tank.

(Describer) Four screens show different scenes, like a man sitting in a small boat, men lowering the end of a wide pipe into a tank and a diver underwater.

Farmers raise fin fish using a variety of methods, but they all start out with baby fish, or fingerlings, raised in a hatchery. Once large enough, the fish are placed in either surface bins near the shore, or submersible cages in the open ocean.

(Describer) The diver swims over one.

The netting allows ocean water to flow in and out, but keeps the fish contained in one area. Fish food is dispensed from buoys floating on the surface at the top of the pen.

(Describer) Some fish get pulled backward.

Once the fish have matured, they are harvested using large vacuums.

(Describer) They go through a wide hose onto a boat.

The fish are then prepped, placed on ice, and taken to market. There are some environmental concerns associated with fish farming. For example, the pellets used to feed the fish are made from small fish caught in the wild.

(Describer) Anchovy, herring and mackerel are shown.

In order to keep larger numbers of these important fish in the food chain, experts are finding alternative ingredients for fish meal. Another concern is that too many cages in the wrong location can lead to water pollution. Experts are now using computer models to map out sites where cages would have less environmental impact.

(Describer) Hundreds of fish swim together.

Fish farming can generate jobs and profits here at home, and with the use of new technologies, it can also safely and sustainably meet the demands of a seafood-hungry nation.

(Describer) Two men in white chef's uniforms give thumbs-up. Logos are shown for the Smithsonian and NOAA. Accessibility provided by the US Department of Education.

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Every weekend small farmers around the country head to their local farmer’s markets to sell their fruits and veggies. Well guess what? There’s a new farmer in town: fish farmers. The growing demand for safe, healthy seafood has prompted a revival of the fish-farming industry in the United States.

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