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.
NOAA has appointed Danielle Blacklock to provide the strategic vision for developing a strong marine aquaculture industry in United States federal waters.
Doubling the size of the US aquaculture sector would create 50,000 jobs, according to one of the country’s leading seafood executives.
On average, Americans consumed 16.1 pounds of seafood in 2018, a slight uptick from the year before, according to the latest “Fisheries of the United States” report released by NOAA Fisheries on 21 February.