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NOAA Fisheries Hosts “Eat Local, Think Global” Symposium for U.S. Seafood

Background Materials

The United States is home to some of the world’s largest, most sustainable fisheries whose progressive and innovative management strategies are now dominating global discussions for addressing global fisheries management. Yet, at home, some US fisheries continue to battle the perception that they are not sustainably harvested. This has created mounting frustration in the domestic fishing industry and is serving to undermine domestic market access. Misinformation and misperceptions are also creating “transfer effects” when retailers replace sustainably harvested US seafood products with cheaper, less sustainable replacements, including imports. On July 16-17, in Oakland, California, NOAA Fisheries hosted a first-of-its-kind symposium to begin to address this issue. 

The symposium, Eat Local, Think Global:  Making a Case for US Seafood,  brought together representatives of sustainable seafood retailing, fisheries managers, and other stakeholders to explore how U.S. fisheries can overcome the myths and misperceptions and gain more recognition in domestic markets as sustainably managed. The agenda included presentations on the current status of US fisheries and on FishWatch, the website that features easy-to-understand, science-based facts to help consumers make smart sustainable seafood choices.

The presentations from the symposium are available below.

Eat Local, Think Global Symposium Presentations


Agenda for the Eat Local, Think Global Symposium

Click here for the complete agenda and list of speakers (pdf)

Additional Materials: Transfer Effects

For More Information

Contact, External Affairs lead for NOAA Fisheries for more information on the symposium.