Tilapia is the fourth-most consumed fish in the U.S. and its popularity came about due to its affordability, easy preparation, and mild taste. Tilapia has a mild, sweet taste with a delicate flake and appealing texture Commonly found in grocery's seafood counters and ready-to-cook sections High concentration of protein, low levels of fat, and variety of vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D Tilapia are omnivorous and can thrive on a variety of feed ingredients, including a vegetarian diet Early maturation and fast growth cycles are favorable for genetic improvement programs