The Ocean Strategies team has been keeping our ear to the ground regarding all things Washington aquaculture. Our quarterly newsletter, WA Aqua Bites, informs the seafood supply chain of important aquaculture happenings in Washington and beyond.
Ocean Strategies recently chatted with Diani Taylor, fifth generation shellfish farmer in Washington state and General Counsel for her family business, Taylor Shellfish Farms. Diani discussed the importance of seafood stakeholders engaging in discussion around climate issues, making sure shellfish regulatory processes work for farmers, and increasing diversity among sectors in order to ensure a robust, sustainable, and successful seafood supply chain.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo appointed seven new members to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) on Wednesday, including Ocean Strategies founder and lifelong commercial fisherman, Brett Veerhusen. The new appointees were chosen through a public process, from a pool of qualified applicants from across the country.
In this winter edition of the policy report you will find: information about proposed federal policies such as the COMPETES Act and the 30x30 initiative, as well as Seafood Expo North America events of interest and an interview with Leigh Habegger, Executive Director of Seafood Harvesters of America.