Did you know the late U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka were instrumental in establishing the aquaculture industry in Hawaiʻi?
They helped create the USDA Regional Aquaculture Center, the Oceanic Institute’s milkfish program, a shrimp consortium, and other important aquaculture programs.
As Cheng-Sheng Lee, Executive Director of the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, notes in his latest e-Notes, current Sen. Brian Schatz is continuing their important work by reintroducing the “Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act.” The proposed bipartisan legislation would support the development of offshore aquaculture in the U.S., increase the production of sustainable seafood through the raising of fish in federal waters, and create opportunities for new American jobs.
In addition, the bill would establish a research and technology grant program to fund innovative research and Extension services focused on improving and advancing sustainable domestic aquaculture, Cheng adds. It also would create Ag opportunities by providing a new market for soybeans, corn, and peas, which can be used to create fish feed and ease pressure on ocean resources.
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