Regional e-Notes: May Letter from the Director
As I have shared before, CTSA is a proponent of using available natural resources efficiently and converting wastes into useful products. I was impressed with a recent article about chefs in Australia who are developing seafood recipes that use 80-90% of each whole fish. This is a significant improvement from the 40% yield achieved under most current practices. As a result, consumers are getting more seafood without increasing fishing or aquaculture production.
The article got me thinking about reducing waste as another important way to increase our seafood supply and at the same time alleviate some of the pressure on fisheries and aquaculture. Other countries are implementing similar practices, and I believe the United States should follow suit to innovate the ways we supply our consumer demand for seafood.
One of the areas with the greatest potential for innovation and waste repurposing is sustainable aquaculture. There are many benefits that result from investing in domestic aquaculture research and production, including an increase in efficient food production technology, food security, and economic opportunities, as well as a decrease in the chances of exposure to potential health risks from imported seafood. Just recently, the U.S. rejected an overseas shipment of shrimp due to the presence of antibiotics. Still, only a small fraction of imported seafood is inspected. We can do our part as an industry to reduce and/or take better control of the risk to our citizens.
CTSA is in the beginning stages of developing our FY 2018 plan of work, and I look forward to receiving innovative ideas from our regional research teams to help advance our industry. As always, we welcome your suggestions and comments.
Cheng-Sheng Lee, Ph.D.
Executive Director, CTSA