Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that by 2030 an additional 27 million tons of seafood will be needed to meet global demand at the current level of per capita consumption. This forecast presents a daunting calculation and encouraging opportunity for the American seafood industry. With over half of the seafood consumed being imported from producers abroad, the prosperity and sustainability of American fisheries—wild-caught and aquaculture—is critical to the nation’s economic growth, food security and independence, and a healthy ocean. The U.S. continues to be a global leader in responsible fisheries management, including efforts to improve fisheries science, monitoring, and traceability; combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud; and investing in the growth potential of aquaculture to foster a reliable homegrown seafood supply and diversify the seafood portfolio. CHOW 2015 will discuss actions to ensure a sustainable U.S. seafood supply while making the nation’s fisheries more productive, resilient, and profitable along every link in the supply chain from fishermen and aquaculture businesses to processors and retail markets.
The Honorable Rob Wittman
U.S. House of Representatives, VA-01
Senior Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer, National Aquarium
Executive Director, Maine Aquaculture Association
CEO, RESILIENSEA Group Inc.
Owner, Katie’s Seafood Marketplace and Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance
President, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation
Gunnar Knapp, Ph.D.
Director and Professor of Economics, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage