US Is Under-performing at Aquaculture

7 July 2014, at 1:00a.m.

ANALYSIS - About 90 per cent of US seafood is imported and half of that is farm-raised overseas, writes Sarah Mikesell covering the Future of Fish and Sustainable Seafood Week NYC event.

Eric Schwaab, senior VP at the National Aquarium, said the US has a great story of sustainable management of wild stock fisheries - one of the most successful in the world - but the US is under-performing when it comes to taking advantage of the productivity of its waters for aquaculture.

In May, Future of Fish and Sustainable Seafood Week NYC teamed up to address topics in sustainable seafood that are critical to food industry professionals.

The event covered four key topics: traceability and transparency, the benefits of buying local and building demand for the entire supply of fish, creating value in fresh fish, and sustainability and how aquaculture can play a role in supplying protein globally.