NAA Website Featuring Regulatory Cost Information and NAA Policies

(10/25/19)

Don’t have the time to search for the several aquaculture regulatory cost analyses that are being published?
 
Wondering how does the National Aquaculture Association (NAA) communicate with federal agencies, Congress, state agencies in a proactive, considered and thoughtful way?
 
Then visit the NAA website for publications that matter. 

The economic analyses being conducted by the team led by Dr. Carole Engle and Dr. Jonathan van Senten did not begin in a vacuum.  An initial paper in 2013 by Doctors Engle and Nathan Stone set the stage for this work and their prescience has proven correct. The production of aquatic animals and plants in the United States is severely impacted by local, state and national regulations. The NAA has posted, in the order that they have been published, five peer-reviewed papers documenting regulatory costs to a webpage entitled Regulatory Cost Analysis – Peer-Reviewed Papers. As papers are published; we will distribute an NAA Update and add them to the webpage.
 
A strength of U.S. aquaculture is its diversity in species in culture, production systems, locations and markets. Quite a challenge for the NAA to represent this great diversity as “Once Strong Industry, One Strong Voice.”  Your representatives, the NAA Board of Directors, devote considerable time, energy, and money to achieving their stated mission:
 
To provide a unified national voice for aquaculture that ensures its sustainability, protects its profitability, and encourages its development in an environmentally responsible manner.
 
The Board has been active since 1991.  How do they provide consistent messages and information? 
 
One means is by producing Policy Statements. Please visit our Policy Statements webpage for topics ranging from anti-trust to seafood safety and security.  And read and download their latest policy statement on environmental DNA (eDNA).  This molecular detection tool is being widely adopted because of low-cost, simple sampling, and seemingly infallible species detection. However, application and interpretation are fallible and you should be familiar with eDNA faults and merits and speak up when regulatory agencies begin adopting this technology.
 
If you have questions or comments, please contact the NAA Office at 850-216-2400 or naa@thenaa.net.