"The big conversation in the aquaculture world is how do we go forward and make feeds that will allow aquaculture production to grow in a sustainable fashion?" Hardy said. "That's a challenge facing aquaculture in Idaho and everywhere else."
Idaho produces more than 70 percent of the United States' farmed trout, and Idaho's aquaculture industry generates $100 million annually. ARI's primary research project at the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station in south-central Idaho is to develop trout strains through selective breeding that thrive on all-plant-protein feeds.
Hardy said hosting the event allows UI to increase ARI's international visibility, expose potential students and faculty members to the university's aquaculture programs and make connections with industry partners. UI faculty, staff and students affiliated with ARI in Hagerman and Moscow will participate in the symposium.