Americans citizens bet on aquaculture to increase sustainable seafood production
Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS) has published a survey in which most voters support establishing a US aquaculture industry to increase sustainable seafood production. The survey was commissioned ahead of SATS' legislative fly-in during Capitol Hill Ocean Week (June 7-9).
Specifically, the survey states that 86% of voters believe it's important to expand aquaculture when learning the US imports most of its seafood. Besides, 86% of voters think is important too when discovering that it's a low-impact means to feed a growing population.
Further, the same percentage bet on it when learning is a sustainable industry that provides climate-friendly protein from the ocean.
"More than two-thirds – stated they would feel more favorable towards a member of Congress who established pathways for offshore aquaculture. So, the U.S. could benefit from the economic and environmental benefits that aquaculture provides," SATS campaign manager Sarah Brenholt recalled in a press release.
About this, SATS indicates the US ranks only 16th in aquaculture production. Behind countries such as China, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, South Korea, Egypt, Norway, and Japan. Moreover, it highlights that the annual output of the American aquaculture industry is only 0.6% of the $263 billion global market. The US imports up to 85% of the seafood citizens consume, mainly from Asia and Europe.
Finally, it urged for US Federal legislation to establish a policy framework that supports the growth of American aquaculture production. Also, to create a thriving US aquaculture industry that can compete on the global stage. It seems that current legislation would establish National Standards for offshore aquaculture. Also, will clarify a regulatory system for the farming of fish in the US exclusive economic zone.
In April we wrote about a similar poll which showed that Nova Scotians recognize the positive impact of aquaculture.