On February 9th, 2015, NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, highlighted the importance of improving seafood sustainability at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit keynote in New Orleans, LA. Highlighting the environmental, social, and economical issues, including the need for aquaculture to “play a larger role in United States fisheries” and to make our “aquaculture communities more resilient”.
“The US industry struggles to establish and maintain a foothold in part because of regulatory uncertainty and other challenges. And as a consequence of that, we export advanced technology, feed, equipment, and other investments to producers around the world. It’s time we put a stop to that. Let’s start using more of this U.S.-developed technology and expertise here to help pave the way for a more robust industry in the United States, and stop exporting jobs to other countries that are more aquaculture friendly.”