Marine aquaculture. (Photo: NOAA)
NOAA Fisheries intends to expand domestic aquaculture production
Friday, June 03, 2016, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
NOAA Fisheries is setting a goal to expand marine aquaculture production in the US by at least 50 per cent by the year 2020.
The organization recently released its Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan, which is focusing on the goals of regulatory efficiency, improving tools and technology and keeping the public informed.
Other strategies include strengthening partnerships, improving external communications and building infrastructure to support marine aquaculture.
Currently, the US imports over 90 per cent of its seafood, about half of which is farmed.
Aquaculture production has grown dramatically over the past 30 years but US production has remained low.
“As demand for seafood continues to rise, aquaculture presents a tremendous opportunity not only to meet this demand, but also to increase opportunities for the seafood industry and job creation,” said Kathryn Sullivan, a NOAA Administrator, in a release.
“Expanding U.S. aquaculture in federal waters complements wild harvest fisheries and supports our efforts to maintain sustainable fisheries and resilient oceans,” Sullivan concluded.