A group of top chefs, NGOs and business leaders announced today the launch of a new coalition focused on promoting the sustainable and equitable growth of offshore aquaculture in the U.S.
The newly launched Coalition for Sustainable Aquaculture (CSA) is dedicated to charting a responsible path forward for ocean farming in U.S. offshore waters by advocating for:
A strong regulatory framework to ensure offshore aquaculture is safe, sustainable, equitable and science-base
New opportunities for historically disadvantaged and excluded communities to access and benefit from the new industry
Government studies and on-the-water pilot programs to address knowledge gaps and determine best practices
CSA is launching with more than twenty leading chefs from around the country and ten high-profile founding member organizations: the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Minorities in Aquaculture, The Marine Mammal Center, Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE), Lowcountry Oyster Co., Blue Dot Sea Farms, AquaSpark, Monterey Bay Seaweeds, Neptune Sustainable Ocean Snacks and Postelsia.
“Americans want more sustainable seafood on their plates. That means that one of our primary solutions is to grow it here and do it right,” Andrew Zimmern, an award-winning chef and founding CSA member, said. “I know first-hand that when it comes to aquaculture, consumers increasingly want to know that the fish on their plate is grown sustainably and with rigorous standards, and we’re coming together to forge a movement to make it possible.”
As the demand for seafood grows globally, the market in the U.S. for sustainable, local seafood is higher than ever. Yet, the U.S. imports over 85% of the seafood it consumes.
“By committing to responsible, homegrown aquaculture that includes offshore farming, we can build a sustainable supply chain for everyone, all while growing equitable and inclusive jobs. That means more Americans can have sustainably sourced, nutritious seafood in their local grocery stores, restaurants, farmers markets and in their homes,” Founding CSA member Imani Black, CEO & Founder of Minorities in Aquaculture, said.