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Congress urged to back aquacultural expansion

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
6 April 2021, at 5:19pm

A seafood pressure group is calling on the US Congress to support the expansion of the country’s aquaculture sector in order to benefit the American economy, industries and communities.

Through a new industry campaign titled “Essential Aquaculture,” Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS) aims to create a sense of urgency for Congress to act swiftly on aquaculture.

“As Congress debates ways to address the many pressing challenges we face, including economic recovery, food security and environmental challenges, aquaculture should be considered as one of the solutions,” said Margaret Henderson, Campaign Manager of SATS.

Ocean Era is one of the frontrunners for offshore aquaculture production in US federal waters, with plans to produce kampachi in the Gulf of Mexico
Ocean Era is one of the frontrunners for offshore aquaculture production in US federal waters, with plans to produce kampachi in the Gulf of Mexico

© Jeff Milisen

“The expansion of American aquaculture is essential to the US economy. Aquaculture can strengthen American communities by supporting new jobs and a diverse workforce in a post-pandemic world. Increased seafood production would also ensure families have a steady supply of affordable American-raised seafood produced sustainably with minimal impact on the environment, which is essential to climate and conservation efforts.”

Campaign materials, including a fact sheet, social media shareables and an infographic, will outline how essential aquaculture is a solution to some of the most pressing problems we face. SATS will call on Congress to facilitate the expansion of fish farming, including offshore, in US federal waters, by clarifying aquaculture regulatory and management activities across federal agencies.

Seven reasons for the US Congress to support aquaculture
Seven reasons for the US Congress to support aquaculture