Domestic and Local Aquaculture Imperative

New seafood sources and solutions are essentialDomestic
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends doubling seafood consumption
  • Worldwide demand for seafood is growing
  • Seafood is a highly desirable and healthy protein option
  • Supplies of seafood from wild fisheries cannot keep pace with growing demand
Aquaculture is already producing much of our seafood
  • More than 50% of global seafood is now produced by aquaculture (FAO)
  • U.S. is the world’s largest importer of aquaculture products
Domestic regulatory standards assure healthy, sustainable industry
  • U.S. regulations make domestically produced seafood products among the safest in the world
    • Regulatory standards apply to both wild fishery and aquaculture seafood products
    • Seafood regulators include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Food and Drug Administration, State and U.S. Departments of Agriculture, National Environmental Protection Agency, State Department of Fish & Game, Army Corps of Engineers and coastal oversight agencies, including the California Coastal Commission
Economic opportunities in California alone are compelling
  • 550,000 metric tons (1.2 billion pounds) would meet the entirety of California’s seafood demand
  • That could be produced by aquaculture in small areas of offshore waters
  • Total would have an annual market value of $3.3 billion
  • Industry would support 22,000 jobs (both new and existing fishing sectors )
Choice is clear and unavoidable
  • Build a domestic, sustainable aquaculture industry for domestic demand, or
  • Continue to export aquaculture technologies to other countries and continue to import increasing amounts of foreign aquaculture seafood products

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