The Increasing Role of Seafood Aquaculture
In an article published this month by NOAA, aquaculture was credited for contributing up to half of all the imported seafood coming into the United States. However, US-based aquaculture, while increasing and diverse, currently meets less than 5 percent of U.S. seafood demand.
Eric Schwaab, assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA Fisheries Service: “While we are turning a corner on ending overfishing on wild stocks, this report shows the need for U.S. aquaculture to grow and complement wild fisheries […] Sustainable domestic aquaculture creates jobs in our coastal communities, helps meet the demand for healthy seafood, supports exports to global markets and helps us narrow the trade gap.”
In July, NOAA announced its National Aquaculture Initiative, to facilitate private sector investments in aquaculture. The goal is to reduce pressures on the oceans while creating job opportunities.