We continue to celebrate the sustainability of our domestic wild fisheries! Like many companies that depend on a consistent flow of wild-caught U.S. seafood to keep our customer base happy, the term "sustainability" applies to environemental and social concerns, as well as economic well-being.
As Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries reminds us, "U.S. fisheries make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy and the broader seafood supply chain of services and products. They provide jobs and recreation and keep our coastal communities vibrant."
A recent trip to the North Carolina coast with stops in Calabash, Morehead City, and Georgetown, we were reminded how important strong commercial fishing operations are to vibrant coastal communites. The goal of strong fisheries management and enforcement is a healthy resource that we can all access. Eating wild triggerfish and hog snapper in locally owned restaurants is just one way we share the bounty of the Southeast with locals and visitors alike.
You can check out NOAA's 2018 Status of U.S. Fisheries report here. This annual report highlights the work toward the goal of maximizing fishing opportunities while ensuring the sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities to support America's Blue Economy.