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Securing a sustainable future for US seafood in the wake of a global crisis


Froehlich, HE and Gentry, RR and Lester, SE and Cottrell, RS and Fay, G and Branch, TA and Gephart, JA and White, ER and Baum, JK, Securing a sustainable future for US seafood in the wake of a global crisis, Marine Policy, 124 Article 104328. ISSN 0308-597X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104328


The United States seafood industry is undergoing rapid change, as a result of the current trade war with China, ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and new governance mandates. The Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth , signed in May 2020, proposes wild-capture fisheries deregulation and prioritization of aquaculture, with an emphasis on offshore development. Recent disruption of wild-caught seafood supply and demand could create space for sustainable aquaculture growth, but expansion could also undermine wild fisheries livelihoods and economics if integrated management between industries is ignored. Here, we review the current state of US seafood and outline five guiding principles around the implementation, and possible modifications, of the Executive Order to facilitate sustainable US fisheries and aquaculture: (1) make precise and strategic fisheries reforms that continue to support sustainable wild fisheries, (2) integrate aquaculture and fisheries using an ecosystem-based approach, (3) improve aquaculture data collection, (4) address social resistance to aquaculture, and (5) reconcile nationalism in a global market. Regardless of the Head of State, implementation of these science-informed principles is critical for balancing social-ecological tradeoffs between wild captured and farmed seafood systems, and for ensuring a more resilient US seafood sector under an anticipated future of increased volatility.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:seafood, COVID-19, supply chain, fisheries, aquaculture
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cottrell, RS (Dr Richard Cottrell)
ID Code:150412
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-06-14
Last Modified:2022-06-15

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