California Aquaculture Association

Fun Facts

Did you know that…
  • California Aquaculture creates a $200 million annual contribution to the California economy? (2012 census, figure does not include marine finfish)
  • The U.S. aquaculture industry contributes $1.37 billion to our nation’s economy (2013 census, more details here)
  • The earliest records of fish farming (aquaculture) date back to over 4000 years ago?
  • World production of farm-raised fish is now greater than beef production?
  • Fish farmers (aquaculturists) raise and release fish for you to catch when you go fishing?
  • Caviar comes from sturgeon? (Only sturgeon eggs are allowed to be called “caviar”.)
  • Oysters, clams, and mussels all feed themselves?
  • Catfish have no scales, but they do have taste buds covering their entire body? (In the muddy waters they call home, they don’t see, but rather, taste their prey.)
  • It takes cattle roughly seven pounds of feed to convert to a pound of beef, and chicken takes almost three? Fish, on the other hand, can convert as efficiently as one & a half pounds of feed to produce one pound of fish.
  • California Aquaculture stocks all of the warmwater fish like Black Bass and Catfish for recreational fishing in California and about 30% of the Rainbow Trout?
  • California Aquaculture has stocked marine species such as striped bass and white seabass in the ocean that enhance the valuable fishery stocks for fishermen?
  • Commercial aquaculture in California takes place in at least 50 of the state’s 58 counties? With state hatcheries and private aquaponics included, it’s practiced in nearly every county.
  • In California, we raise saltwater fish species including white sea bass, striped bass, yellow tail, and yellowfin tuna?
  • Crushed oyster shells are preferred surface for bocce courts?
  • Sacramento is the Caviar Capital of the World?
  • California is the only state in which millions of pounds of fresh water fish are raised in water that is 60 feet below sea level?
  • Oyster culture in CA dates back to the 19th century, when small seed oysters made the trip in wooden barrels on the Transcontinental Railroad to be planted in San Francisco Bay?
  • It takes nearly a decade for fish farmers (aquaculturists) to grow a sturgeon before the fish yields caviar?
  • Farm-raised fish like gambusia & guppies are used for controlling mosquitos?
  • Italy credits farmers in California’s Humboldt Bay for rescuing their decimated populations of steamer clams with high-health transplants that have allowed the rebirth of Italian clam aquaculture?
  • The California Delta system has more than 1000 miles of navigational waters for recreational fishing?
  • California leads the nation in production of farmed tilapia, largemouth bass, abalone, sturgeon, and caviar?
Our Mission

The California Aquaculture Association promotes commercial production of plants and animals in aquatic systems to satisfy the needs of consumers for wholesome products that are produced by sustainable means conserving California’s land and water resources.