The Working Waterfront – American Aquaculture in the 21st Century
The new video entitled, “The Working Waterfront,” presents the current status of aquaculture in the United States. Viewers visit farms raising catfish in Alabama, salmon in Washington state, and oysters and mussels in Maine. The farmers describe their commitment to environmental responsibility, economic benefits to their communities, and producing locally grown, high quality products. They also discuss challenges to growing a robust U.S.-based aquaculture community. Over 90% of the seafood Americans eat is imported from overseas, and half of that amount is from foreign aquaculture. The United States has ample coastlines, infrastructure, and research and development capability to produce all of the seafood it requires in an environmentally sound manner. Regulatory constraints, complex regulations and a lack of security of tenure in federal waters, has severely constrained farm creation and expansion. The video was funded by the Soy Aquaculture Alliance and the United Soybean Board.
What is aquaculture?
Aquaculture is the production of marine and freshwater organisms under controlled conditions. This includes fish and shellfish for human consumption, sport fishing, backyard ponds, and release to enhance wild populations.
Choosing Seafood Farmed in the United States
Finfish and shellfish farmed in the U.S. are loaded with benefits that will help you stay in shape and enjoy a longer, healthier life. The U.S. domestic aquaculture industry is committed to supplying consumers with consistent, high quality, safe products that are produced in an environmentally sound manner.
Fish and shellfish can be farmed using methods that do not harm the environment and that help meet the growing demand for seafood by supplementing wild harvests.
In the United States, harvesters carefully manage the resource. However, over 90% of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported, often from countries that do not have strict environmental and product safety standards.