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Tilapia is the 4th Most Consumed Seafood in the U.S.
Tilapia is the 4th Most Consumed Seafood in the U.S. and North Carolina has grown rapidly in the past few years as a source of U.S. –grown tilapia. One facility alone can produce over 500,000 pounds of tilapia per year and ten other operations with capacities of 200,000 to 400,000 each year.

Tilapia may however be useful for more than just food in North Carolina. Jack’s Creek has a duckweed issue. While the ducks absolutely love the all-you-can-eat buffet, residents think it is terrible, but officials have discussed using tilapia as aquatic vegetation control.

While the idea may have some merit, there are numerous concerns as well, such as the fish making their way into other rivers and water basins (such as the case with carp). Tilapia love duckweed, but larger fish will also feed on other aquatic plants and smaller fish of other species.

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