Sustainably Growing the US Seafood Industry

The Trump administration’s May 2020 executive order on promoting American seafood competitiveness and economic growth lays out a plan for expanding the U.S. seafood industry, especially aquaculture, and enhancing American seafood competitiveness in the global market.

Integrating wild fisheries and aquaculture sectors would be beneficial, according to UCSB researchers.

“The two systems are largely managed independent of each other,” Halley Froehlich said, “and this results in linkages that exist, but aren’t necessarily accounted for.”

By employing an ecosystems approach, and collecting and releasing comprehensive aquaculture data, it would be possible to monitor the growth of aquaculture while reducing the potential of negatively impacting wild fisheries in domestic waters.

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