American Voters’ Views on Aquaculture

Press Release, Environmental Defense Fund:

As summer heats up and Americans turn to grilling their tuna and gathering for clam bakes, a new poll released by Environmental Defense Fund reveals voters are open to consuming more home-grown seafood if it adheres to strong consumer and environmental standards for fish that’s farmed in the U.S.”

  • Aquaculture “is increasingly a part of our seafood choices”
  • Voters are open to consuming more “home-grown seafood”
  • Voters … “agree on the importance of getting aquaculture right in the U.S.”
  • Getting it right entails “both environmental and consumer protections”

Click here to see the results of the poll:

https://www.edf.org/sites/default/files/documents/BSG%20EDF%20Aquaculture%20Poll%20-%20National%20Report%20FIN.pdf

Read the full press release at EDF.org:

https://www.edf.org/media/aquaculture-poll-shows-americans-want-more-local-seafood-and-stronger-environmental-and

 

Op-ed: IFFO is wrong on alternative feeds

By Kevin Fitzsimmons, Seafood Source:

“In response to the Sept. 23 SeafoodSource article, “IFFO’s Johannessen: Use of marine ingredients in aquafeed ‘will not decline in the foreseeable future,’” we would like to provide an alternative perspective on the future of marine resources in aquafeed.

The reality is, there is not enough wild-caught fish to feed the world. According to a World Bank study, as of a decade ago, the ocean could not keep pace with demand, and fish catches are declining.

Read the full article at Seafood Source:

https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/aquaculture/op-ed-iffo-is-wrong-on-alternative-feeds

 

Aquaculture Supports a Sustainable Earth

By NOAA Fisheries:

“The United Nations maintains 17 Sustainable Development Goals that serve as a framework for international cooperation to help people and the planet thrive.

A recent study from the UN shows that aquaculture can improve food security and nutrition by increasing the amount of seafood available for people to eat. If done correctly, aquaculture increases food production, boosts economic growth in coastal and rural areas, and can help keep waterways clean.”

 

Read the full article at NOAA Fisheries:

https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/aquaculture-supports-sustainable-earth

Removing Fish From Fish Diet for Tastier, More Sustainable Aquaculture

By NOAA FIsheries:

“In a groundbreaking study, researchers have successfully raised a carnivorous fish on a diet free of fishmeal and fish oil without any harmful effects. The kampachi (Hawaiian yellowtail, almaco jack) were raised on a diet of feed-grade poultry meal and a fish-free oil blend high in omega-3 fatty acids. They were not only as healthy as those grown on traditional feed but also more flavorful in blind taste tests.”

Read the full article at NOAA Fisheries:

https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/removing-fish-fish-diet-tastier-more-sustainable-aquaculture?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Aquaculture

By NOAA Fisheries:

Many aquaculture producers in the United States don’t raise fish, despite the industry’s popular image of fish farming. In fact, oysters were the most commercially valuable domestic farmed marine species in recent years. In 2017, oyster farmers harvested 36 million pounds valued at $186 million. And clams ranked number two in production value in 2012–2017. Other top U.S. marine aquaculture products include mussels, shrimps, and salmon.  

In recent years, a growing number of entrepreneurs are also turning to kelp to supply sustainable seafood and coastal jobs.

Read the full article at the American Fisheries Society:

https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/nine-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-aquaculture