ASA strives to advance aquaculture priorities within Congress and regulatory agencies.
Supports research on plant-based feeds to position soy as the economically viable and environmentally friendlier alternative to fish meal and fish oil. Since 1992, soybean farmers have funded market development activities for soy-based aquaculture diets, primarily in China. This program has increased demand for soybean meal for farm-raised fish from almost zero to an estimated 408 million bushels annually, contributing to China’s emergence as the largest market for U.S. soybean exports and soy’s role as the largest U.S. agricultural export.
ASA is considered a key player in offshore aquaculture in Congress and welcomes legislation that would remove barriers to offshore aquaculture development. Soybean farmers welcome pro-aquaculture legislation that would remove barriers to offshore aquaculture permitting and development. ASA supports H.R. 6258/S. 3100 – the Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act, which was introduced in the House by Congressman Palazzo (R-MS) and Congressman Ed Case (D-HI) and in the Senate by Senator Wicker (R-MS) and Senator Schatz (D-HI). The legislation creates a market for soybeans in aquafeed, streamlines the permitting process and builds upon research and development efforts that are underway. ASA strongly encourages Congress to pass this critical piece of legislation.
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