Regenerative Ocean Food Sources
Aquaculture, Mariculture, and Plant-based seafood alternatives
“Sustainable” seafood as most know it is a fundamentally flawed concept. With approximately 90% of global marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited, or depleted (WEF SOURCE), radical change must occur to allow fish populations to regrow, rather than teeter on the edge of ecosystem collapse. U.S. aquaculture production was valued at 1.37 billion dollars in 2013 and accounted for only about 1% of global aquaculture production (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jwas.12425 NOAA & FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2014). The U.S. imports a significant amount of aquaculture, while historically operating at an annual seafood import deficit ( https:///stories/what-is-aquaculture ). These gaps highlight the need for growth for aquaculture fish production industry in the United States but also shows how mariculture and plant-based alternatives to seafood are domestic opportunities as well.