Al Roker of NBC's Today Show shares a closer look at aquafarms (aquaculture) as an innovative new underwater and sustainable way to raise native seafood and plants while also helping to combat climate change and overfishing.
“In a changing climate, we need to consider the environmental impacts of what we eat,” said Danielle Blacklock, director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture. “Adding more seafood to your diet is a climate-smart, earth-friendly choice, especially if it’s grown here in the United States.”
To showcase the diversity of the United State’s aquaculture industry, Al Roker and the NBC team visited aquaculture efforts in California and Connecticut. They met NOAA, Sea Grant, and farmers from the Port of San Diego and Copps Island Oysters. In San Diego, Roker learned about abalone and how aquaculture can grow as part of the Blue Economy.