What is aquaculture? Why is it becoming a growing industry?
Globally, fish consumption has nearly doubled in the last 40 years. At the same time wild fish capture has leveled off. This is due to decreasing wild stocks and high scrutiny of fishing practices. As a result, aquaculture has become one of the primary solutions to the worldwide demand for seafood. Students will “engineer” a fish feeder to make an aquaculture operation more efficient.
4-H Aquaculture Challenge
Students follow an engineering design process to create an efficient fish feeder. (The mat should be copied on a large-format printer to be 40” × 40”.)
Created in partnership with the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience: Presented by Monsanto.
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