NOAA Aquaculture Program Newsletter
June 2011

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Department of Commerce and NOAA Issue Final National Aquaculture Policies  

The Department of Commerce and NOAA today released national marine aquaculture policies that will help the U.S. meet increasing demand for healthy seafood, create jobs in coastal communities, and protect vital ecosystems. For more information, check out the Aquaculture Policy page and view the press release.


NOAA will host a constituent briefing to discuss the policies and take questions on Wednesday, June 15th and 3:30 p.m. EST.  Go to the NOAA Aquaculture 'News & Notices' page for call-in information. 


'Healthy Oceans are Everyone's Business' 


On Tuesday, June 7, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco gave the keynote address to open Capitol Hill Oceans Week. Her remarks emphasized the myriad ways in which healthy oceans matter... and that healthy oceans are everybody's business. Aquaculture and commercial fisheries are discussed in the context of seafood supply and food security.  View her remarks.  

Share Your Ideas on the National Ocean Policy


On June 5, the National Ocean Council announced that the public will have 30 days to comment on the strategic action plan outlines for each of the nine objectives in the National Ocean Policy. Aquaculture is included in the broader ideas of comprehensive management of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes and is addressed specifically in the 'Inform Decisions and Improve Understanding' outline. 


You must submit comments by the July 2 deadline. You also may participate in one of the regional listening sessions. Go to the National Ocean Council website for more details.

USDA-ERS Publishes its Latest "Aquaculture Data" Report 

Please see the link below for the latest "Aquaculture Data" Report by the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS).  The report provides statistics on domestically grown catfish and trout and U.S. imports and exports of fish and shellfish that may be products of aquaculture, including salmon, shrimp, and oysters.  Data are posted on ERS's 'Aquaculture Data' website.