Safe and Sustainable Seafood Extension Program

Rhode Island is undertaking efforts to strengthen its commercial fishing community by encouraging the development of local seafood marketing in much the same way as local agriculture has benefitted from the "local food" movement. Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply Extension efforts respond to this, focusing on providing science- and research-based expertise to the local public and private sector groups who are interested in promoting sustainable and local seafood. This effort is also a response to national trends that show consumers want a healthier diet, of which seafood is a part. National health-promoting efforts to increase seafood consumption, a worldwide demand for seafood that is outpacing supply, and the need for aquaculture to supplement capture fisheries in order to meet that demand, are all issues that demonstrate the need for increasingly finer tuned understanding of market science in seafood sustainability.

The program also focuses on seafood safety and health issues in partnership with other Sea Grant programs and universities nationwide, and continues seafood safety trainings (HACCP) for government and professional groups.

During 2012-2014, the program is additionally working to engage the fishing community in renewable energy planning and to expand outreach and technical services for fisheries research.