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David Sparks Ph.d Healthy Aquaculture
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: April 26, 2018

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Aquaculture can be a slippery issue. On one side, it can be seen as a sustainable solution to fishing out the ocean’s natural resources. On the other, concerns have been raised about water pollution and how healthy farm fish are. Some published research has led the public to believe that farmed fish have been a significant source of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

Dr Ron Hardy is a Professor in the Animal and Veterinary Science Department, University of Idaho, and Director of the Aquaculture Research Institute with extensive experience researching nutritional evaluation of amino acid, fatty acid, and mineral requirements of trout and salmon. “These selected fish not only grow more rapidly, more efficiently on this plant-based high soy diet, but they don’t develop disease and inflammation of the gut. So, it dawned on us that these fish are a potential model of what is involved in this inflammation of the gut in non-selected fish.”

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