- MSC celebrates that 20.000th sustainable MSC-labelled product comes from Migros
- Potential measures against the Faroe Islands
- Council Mandate Brings CFP Reform Closer
- North Sea RAC meets the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association
- European Commission unveils maritime strategy for the Atlantic
- All Aboard for the Reform of Common Fisheries Policy
- New Managing Director at Qalut Vónin
- Commission calls for cooperation to boost sustainable aquaculture in Europe
- Russia complains over EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreement before WTO
- Damanaki at Seafood Expo 2013
- Damanaki launching new online market intelligence tool for fisheries
- Action Plan to save sea birds
- World`s largest Seafood Trade Fair opens tomorrow
- Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 22 April 2013
- Reviving the Mediterranean blue economy through cooperation
US ready to expand aquaculture on vast scale
The government of United States has released its first national guidelines for the aquaculture industry and invited public comment on it.
According to the Federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) US is ready for a major expansion of fish farming in America provided wild fish stocks and the environment are properly protected. The agency said that the draft policy is designed to support sustainable marine aquaculture to increase the US supply of healthy seafood, create jobs in coastal and other communities, spur innovation in technology, and help restore depleted species and marine habitats.
The public is invited to comment on both draft policies for next 60 days. US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said that Americans consume nearly five billion pounds (lbs) of seafood each year. He added that supporting the US aquaculture industry will encourage economic growth and employment opportunities at home, support exports to global markets, and spur new innovations in technology to support the industry.
The NOAA said that aquaculture is playing a significant and growing role in global food production. In the US some 84 percent of the seafood Americans eat is imported, and about half of those imports are aquaculture products. NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco said that aquaculture has the potential to complement wild fisheries while contributing to healthy oceans and coastal economies.
WorldFishingToday d. 15-02-2011