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American Voters Support Research to Expand U.S. Open Ocean Aquaculture Sustainably and Responsibly, New Poll Finds
Environmental Defense Fund
Voters in coastal states and areas widely support research into sustainable aquaculture as a way to grow more seafood healthily and sustainably in the U.S. Roughly three-quarters (76%) of voters support the SEAfood Act when they see it explained as a “proposal that would examine the risks and opportunities of aquaculture in the open ocean off the U.S. coast before setting regulations and standards.” This proposal draws support from across the political spectrum, with 81% of Democrats, 67% of independents, and 75% of Republicans in favor. More than four in five voters agree with each of the following statements about the issue: “The U.S. is currently importing 90% of its seafood, and half of it is farmed. Doing the research to figure out how to do it here will expand economic opportunity” (84% agree). “The U.S. is currently importing 90% of its seafood, and half of it is farmed, but it’s not up to the same health and safety standards we have. Doing the research to figure out how to do it here will ensure we consume safe seafood” (82% agree).