The NAA unifies a diverse industry to serve three primary goals:
- Serve as “One Strong Voice, One Strong Industry” on national issues
- Provide information on issues that impact the US aquaculture community
- Increase the demand for US farm-raised seafood
It is difficult for one species group, one company, or one producer to influence policy and government decision-makers. However, by working together the U.S. aquaculture community will be heard. As the “One Strong Voice” for the farmer and supplier, the NAA works to ensure that you are represented on the issues that affect you the most. In addition to coordinating action within the aquaculture community, the NAA provides a national voice to media and policy makers.
Education and Promotion
The NAA works hard to increase the demand for U.S. farm-raised seafood. Through the development of brochures, participation in forums, the NAA website, and exhibiting at various tradeshows such as the Seafood Expo North America, Aquaculture America, and American Culinary Federation, the NAA makes sure that accurate facts, science-based information, and the health benefits of U.S. farm-raised seafood are communicated to culinary educators, consumers, and the media.
Through NAA Updates and NAA Action Alerts, the NAA provides timely information to its members on Association and industry events, issues, changes in federal regulations, and other topics of importance.
National Resource Center
The NAA serves as a direct source of information for reporters, government agencies, teachers, students, seafood buyers, consumers, and others. Questions on current issues, trends, statistics, and other specifics about the domestic aquaculture industry and its products are answered or referred to a credible source.
Conference and Workshops
As a member of the Aquaculture America Conference Steering Committee, the NAA organizes a Producer Program comprised of various sessions on marketing, aquatic animal health, offshore aquaculture, emerging species, and other topics of interest to domestic producers. NAA members are eligible for up to a $100 discount on the Aquaculture America Conference registration fee.
Participation and input from members to the NAA’s priorities and programs is essential in the success of the NAA. Members often accompany NAA staff in representing the US aquaculture community on stakeholder panels, agency visits, and national committees.