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ASA Requests Meeting with Secretaries Pritzker and Vilsack on Aquaculture

first_imgASA President Danny Murphy this week wrote to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, requesting a joint meeting to discuss U.S. aquaculture.“…we are aligned with the Administration’s view that the U.S. aquaculture industry has the potential to supply our domestic seafood needs as well as the growing global demand,” the letter reads.“Furthermore, a recent document from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations listed the U.S. as #1 in the world for offshore marine fish production potential by accounting for area of the EEZ with appropriate depth, currents, temperature and distance to ports for finfish production…In a time when economic impact and job creation is of critical importance, we have the opportunity to develop an industry that can provide real opportunities in rural and coastal communities.”The letter concludes: “If the domestic aquaculture industry is going to keep pace with global growth rates, regulatory constraints will need to be overcome.  We believe that only cooperation and the commitment of the Administration can make this happen.”A full copy of the letter is below.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Aquaculture-Letter-to-Pritzker-and-Vilsack-final-9-13.pdf”]last_img

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