A Look Back and a Look Forward: NOAA Fisheries Update 2021
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Speakers: Kate Naughten, Director of Communications - NOAA Fisheries; Alexa Cole, Director, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection - NOAA Fisheries; Paul Doremus, Acting Assistant Administrator - NOAA Fisheries
Session Description: 2020 was an unprecedented year for the U.S. seafood sector due to the impacts of COVID-19. Fishermen, growers, processors, and the broader seafood sector nationally suffered revenue losses and market and trade disruptions, and scrambled to pivot to new markets. In this session, NOAA officials examine key issues, policies, impacts, and advancements critical to building a more resilient U.S. seafood sector—both fished and farmed—and how rebuilding will continue to play out in 2021 and beyond. NOAA officials also discuss new opportunities for U.S. aquaculture in 2021 and new, federally led efforts to combat Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported fishing.