Monday June 27, 2022

The Fish Site

The survey was conducted by Echelon Insights and was commissioned by the Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS) group ahead of its legislative fly-in during Capitol Hill Ocean Week earlier in June. According to the survey of 1,020 likely voters in May 2022, the US public would support moves to create, “a clear, predictable pathway for offshore aquaculture.”

The survey also found that two-thirds of voters would feel more favourable towards a member of Congress who established pathways for offshore aquaculture. It also found that more than 60 percent of voters (65 percent Republican and 67 percent Democrat) would feel more favourable towards their member of Congress if he or she were to support increased access to offshore opportunities for American businesses.

When told that the US is missing opportunities for jobs and leaving an industry underutilised, 87 percent of voters said that aquaculture should be considered important. When informed that doubling US aquaculture production could create 50,000 direct and indirect jobs, the same number agreed that it is important to expand American seafood production.

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