Two weeks ago, COL had the pleasure of hosting our fourth annual industry forum, where over 100 stakeholders, including many of our member institutions, joined us for balanced, science-based discussion on a topic relevant to our ocean security: U.S. Offshore Aquaculture: Will We Fish or Cut Bait? Much has been made in recent years of our nation’s $14 billion seafood deficit – 90 percent of our seafood is imported — as well as the ocean’s role in feeding our growing global population. It has become increasingly clear that offshore aquaculture (or fish farming) is growing around the world, serving as an important food source and an economic driver. However, there is currently no known path for getting a permit to do this in offshore U.S. waters, so U.S. investors are heading overseas to farm fish…with technologies manufactured in our country.
We know that ensuring ocean health is a critical component of any industry that uses the ocean, and aquaculture is no different. During this year’s forum, which we held in conjunction with Meridian Institute, there was thoughtful, balanced discussion on the scientific and technical advances made in recent years that reduce the risk of harming the environment while growing the offshore finfish aquaculture industry. If the U.S. is to join our international counterparts in this effort, the ocean science and technology community must play a significant role in keeping our ocean safe and ensuring we move forward with policies and regulations based on science. It will take results from pilot projects to influence these future policies, and the voices we heard loud and clear, from an incredible compendium of expertise, must be listened to during the policy-making process. Thanks to all of you who attended our industry forum and for the exceptional discussion, which has helped chart the course to move our nation rapidly, safely, and sustainably forward.
Member Highlight: Ready For Next Big Storm? UMD Glider Patrols Ocean To Predict A Hurricane’s Power
This hurricane season, an unmanned submersible named Blue is keeping watch over an area between Martha’s Vineyard and New Jersey, collecting data shared around the globe. Named in honor of blue whales, the torpedo-shaped glider operated by UMass Dartmouth is part of a string of gliders deployed by the U.S. government, universities and others on the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
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