There is an ever-increasing public demand for wild-caught and farm-raised seafood, and for other aquatic products like sponges.
This highlights the need for documenting the sustainability of wild-caught fish and the source of seafood products, educating consumers so that they can make informed choices about purchase of seafood products, and training seafood professionals in methods to ensure that the seafood we eat is safe.
There are also opportunities identified for the production of aquatic products that are more tolerant of extreme environmental events, and for increasing the productivity and reducing the environmental impacts of aquaculture.
Florida Sea Grant supports sustainable wild-harvesting of fish and other aquatic products, reducing environmental impacts linked to the harvesting and production of aquatic products, and safe and sustainable seafood.
Florida Sea Grant also supports maintaining sustainable recreational fishing, which in Florida waters, accounts for a large percentage of the catch of many marine species.