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Public Input Requested: NOAA Fisheries Releases Draft National Seafood Strategy, Requests Public Input

GEORGIA – The 30-day comment period ends on March 16, 2023.

NOAA Fisheries has released the draft National Seafood Strategy and encourages all interested members of the public to review and submit comments. This strategy underscores NOAA’s strong commitment to seafood sector resilience. It aligns with the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals for economic recovery, environmental sustainability, and climate resilience. Further, the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health points to the need for increased seafood consumption in the United States, which this strategy aims to address.

The strategy also responds to the unprecedented challenges facing the U.S. seafood industry, including climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, new technologies and other ocean uses, and significant labor shortages and aging infrastructure.

Our Vision for Resilience

The National Seafood Strategy outlines our direction for supporting a thriving domestic U.S. seafood economy. It describes our approach to enhancing the resilience of the seafood sector in the face of climate change and other stressors.

Our vision is to ensure that:

  • U.S. seafood continues to be produced sustainably
  • The U.S. seafood sector contributes to the nation’s climate-ready food production and to meeting critical domestic nutritional needs
  • U.S. seafood production increases to support jobs, the economy, and the competitiveness of the U.S. seafood sector
  • Supply chains and infrastructure are modernized with more value-added activity in the United States
  • Opportunities are expanded for a diverse and growing seafood workforce

We will implement the strategy by focusing on four goals:

  1. Sustain or increase sustainable U.S. wild capture production
  2. Increase sustainable U.S. aquaculture production
  3. Foster access to domestic and global markets for the U.S. seafood industry
  4. Strengthen the entire U.S. seafood sector

Request for Public Input

Public comments are integral to finalizing the strategy and helping guide the direction of our work to support the seafood sector. Written comments may be submitted online until March 16, 2023. We will host two virtual listening sessions on March 2 and 9, 2023 to present the draft strategy and gather input. We will schedule additional consultations with Tribal nations on request.

Listening Session 1: March 2, 2023, 2pm (EST)/11am (PST)/5am (ChST)

Listening Session 2: March 9, 2023, 5pm (EST)/2pm (PST)/8am (ChST)

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