Securing a stronger America through increased U.S. production of healthful, sustainable, and affordable seafood.
Challenge: All Americans deserve access to healthful, sustainable and affordable seafood. For optimum health, the USDA’s 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating at least eight ounces of seafood per week, yet the average per capita supply of seafood available for Americans to eat is two pounds less per year than recommendations. Ironically, while the U.S. has the second largest territorial waters in the world, it remains 16th in seafood production. According to USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), American consumption of seafood may be limited by other factors, including a lack of awareness about the health benefits, higher retail prices relative to other proteins like beef and poultry, a static supply of wild fish, and concerns about the safety of imported seafood which make up nearly 90% of the seafood available for Americans today.
Vision: Increasing Americans’ access to healthful, sustainable and affordable seafood is simple: The U.S. must produce more of its own. The strength and vitality of the U.S. seafood industry creates American jobs, strengthens food security, and through innovative technology, is the future of sustainable sources of healthy protein. Unfortunately, U.S. seafood production is constrained by extraordinary regulatory hurdles, a misinformed public perception of environmental impact, and limited capital investment to improve technology. The immediate objective of Stronger America Through Seafood is to create a more positive federal regulatory environment for seafood production through federal legislation and rulemaking which will be necessary prior to addressing the other challenges.
Practical: Stronger America Through Seafood brings together a diverse board of directors from various backgrounds. With corporate support from contributors including: Cargill, Pacific Seafood, Taylor Shellfish, Pontos Aqua Advisory, Sysco, Pentair, High Liner Foods, Red Lobster, Harvest Select, Woods Hole Group, and Fortune International, LLC, we have the momentum and voice to influence U.S. policymakers to enact legislation establishing a workable regulatory framework for all U.S. Aquaculture production.
Advocacy: Our immediate focus is at the federal level with a two-pronged approach to initiate change. The first is through the passage of legislation similar to S. 3138 The AQUAA Act. The Second is through Executive branch action to increase efficiency of existing aquaculture regulations.