Predicting the future is never easy. If it were, many of us would already be Powerball champions. But even though most outlooks are hazy at best, there is one trend that looks to have staying power: Farmed seafood is the future of seafood. I just don't think there is any way around this truth.
Wild seafood resources are either at their maximum harvests or are rapidly approaching those levels. Stocks that are not being reliably managed and harvested are either being rebuilt or are overfished, and are not optimal choices for feeding the masses for any extended period of time. Factor in the appalling amount of waste that gets swept under the seafood industry's proverbial rug with a growing population and growing demand, and we have a vast, gaping hole left in the supply chain.
If you think about it, this only makes sense. The U.S. owns 4.4 million miles of operable and exclusive coastline, which is by far the most of any nation in the world. This geographical clout provides the U.S. with the opportunity to not only furnish citizens (out of work fishermen and life long watermen especially) with vital jobs in the aquaculture field, but also equips our country with the power and resources to become a leading nation in providing the world with healthy, sustainably farmed seafood. The U.S. has the opportunity to lead by example, creating the blueprint of how resources can be managed in a responsible way, ensuring that future generations will have safe seafood to eat and that our oceans and their inhabitants will remain healthy and intact.