Seafood for the Future

Overview

Mussels on a line Kanpachi in foreground with cage wall in background. Cage is half in the ocean and half out. Blue Ocean Mariculture farmer on a dive boat with diver gear in foreground with fish cages in the background. View from below a fish aquapod with the sun shining through the water, creating silhouettes of the fish.
Longlines are used for mussel aquaculture NOAA
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Seafood for the Future
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Seafood for the Future’s mission is to promote and facilitate the growth and expansion of responsible marine aquaculture in U.S. state and federal waters as a complement to well-managed wild-capture fisheries.

Seafood for the Future’s mission is to promote and facilitate the growth and expansion of responsible marine aquaculture in U.S. state and federal waters as a complement to well-managed wild-capture fisheries.

We envision a world where safe sustainable (economic, social, environmental) seafood is available to provide nutritious food to everyone. To ensure a safe, secure, sustainable supply of healthful seafood, the U.S. needs to supplement its well-managed wild-capture fisheries with a program of sustainable aquaculture that produces shellfish, finfish, and seaweeds. Seafood for the Future provides a platform for diverse stakeholders to convene and collaborate to work toward this shared vision.

Meeting the demand

The world population is expected to exceed nine billion by 2050. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that food production will have to increase by 70 percent to meet the growing demand, while adapting to climate change and combating global hunger and poverty. Currently, more than half of the ice-free land has been modified for human use, the majority of which is used for agriculture. Agriculture production accounts for more than 70 percent of all fresh water resource use. Despite this, more than 800 million people are chronically undernourished. The ocean covers more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, yet wild fisheries and a small marine aquaculture sector produce less than 2 percent of the global food supply. Seafood from responsible sources is a healthy protein source that has great potential to meet the burgeoning need for protein-rich foods while reducing environmental impact.

A Note on Funding
Seafood for the Future is a program of the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific that relies on outside funding to maintain and further its efforts to promote healthy and responsible seafood. Any funds and/or sponsorships given to the program have no bearing on the scientific decision-making process on issues of sustainability for Seafood for the Future.