Seafood safety education and training ensures fishermen, growers and consumers alike can confidently sustain and enjoy the nation’s $238 billion seafood industry.
Seafood processors and distributors must maintain freshness, product integrity, and safety through the supply chain to meet consumer demand for high quality, safe, and affordable seafood selections throughout the year.
Florida has the longest coastline in the lower 48 states, which offers residents the chance to enjoy dozens of varieties of fresh seafood. Domestically, Florida commercial seafood production consistently ranks in the top ten, both in landings and dockside value (NMFS 2021), but Florida retailers also import a large amount of seafood, primarily from Asia.
The import and domestic production of seafood is complex. Florida fishermen and growers face the challenge of a rigorous regulatory framework, using methods and technologies that support sustainable seafood and aquaculture. Seafood processors and distributors must maintain freshness, product integrity, and safety through the supply chain. Consumers demand high quality, safe, sustainable and affordable seafood selections throughout the year.
Seafood HACCP Education and Training
Florida Sea Grant provides seafood processors and importers with the essential training that helps identify hazards that are associated with fish and fishery products.
Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing forms of food production, and more than half the world’s seafood is coming from aquaculture production. As Florida Sea Grant’s seafood safety specialist, I help support the production of sustainable, safe, and high-quality seafood through aquaculture practices.