As background to this announcement, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) calls attention to the poor performance of US policy makers with respect to job-creation in this industry which thrives around the world, but not in the USA. Some 84% of Aquatic Food Products (AFPs) consumed in the USA are imported and aquaculture now accounts for more than 50% of all AFPs consumed worldwide. Yet, less than 5% of US consumption of AFPs is produced through domestic aquaculture.

It remains to be seen if US policy makers, who generally fail at job-creation in most domestic industries, can reverse this trend and join the rest of the world in this rapidly-growing food production industry which employs more than 2 million people in other countries.

The Policy Document, the Press Release and the Fact Sheet are posted below.