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...
Members of the small community of aspiring offshore aquaculturists who are in the middle of submitting their permits to farm in US federal waters, or who plan to do so soon, are generally pretty pleased about the recent presidential order meant to streamline the permitting process.
“The food and agriculture industry is undergoing a radical transformation around the world. Covid-19 has accelerated disruptions to the global food supply chain.
Structurally, this transformation is long overdue as the world heads toward a population of 10 billion over the next thirty years.”
Industry proponents, seeking a clearer pathway through the permitting process, get a glimmer of hope
“A convergence in a number of factors – including technological advances and a change in the attitudes of the environmental community – have helped to set the stage for aquaculture growth in the US.”
World aquaculture production attained another all-time record high of 114.5 million tonnes in live weight in 2018 with a total farmgate sale value of $263.6 billion.
President Trump’s recent Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth constitutes a major step forward for the US seafood industry, which has the capacity to generate thousands of new jobs and help ensure that Americans continue to have access to healthy, affordable seafood as our nation recovers from the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acting in the name of US food security, the White House has issued an executive order streamlining the aquaculture permitting process and combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Danielle Blacklock, director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Aquaculture, discusses future of U.S. industry
Danielle Blacklock took over as director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Aquaculture in mid-March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic began to come to a head in the United States. Over the past decade, Blacklock has served in multiple positions at NOAA, most recently as a senior policy advisor for aquaculture.
The United States has the potential to be a global leader in aquaculture production, but critics say that can’t happen until a complicated regulatory process is streamlined.