As the people who work the sea for food face growing challenges - such as fewer fish to catch and more stringent regulations - shellfish farming is flourishing. It’s commonly called aquaculture, and while it surely has pitfalls, more and more people are entering the business and making a decent living at it. Demand is high, and prices are relatively stable.
Wellfleetin particular is known as a hotbed for oyster farming, and the shellfish growing areas along the town’s inner shoreline continue to be productive.
As many wild fish stocks are dwindling what are the prospects for aquaculture? Could it be a sustainable option for ensuring an important protein source into the future? Mindy Todd discusses the economic, health, and environmental ramifications of cultivated fin fish and shellfish on both a global and local scale on The Point.