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Sustainable Seafood: An Interview with Janet Coit, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator

April 11, 2022

Hear Janet Coit's thoughts on a number of major themes and how they relate to our role in ensuring sustainable seafood, including the pandemic, climate change, working waterfronts, and more.

Dr. Richard Spinrad, NOAA Administrator, Dick Jones of Blue Ocean Mariculture, and Janet Coit, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator at Seafood Expo North America in March 2022 NOAA Administrator, Dr. Richard Spinrad, Dick Jones of Blue Ocean Mariculture, and NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator, Janet Coit, at Seafood Expo North America in March 2022. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

The U.S. seafood industry was hit hard during the pandemic in 2020. But seafood demand didn't go anywhere. Some reports showed seafood consumption in the United States actually increased as people were staying home and cooking, and trying a variety of new things—not just sourdough.

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Shellfish on ice at Seafood Expo North America in March 2022
An array of shellfish at Seafood Expo North America. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

The U.S. demand for healthy, sustainable seafood was just one of the storylines we heard a lot about at Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts—the largest gathering of the seafood community on the continent. Participants ranged from small boat fishermen to oyster farmers to global distributors. And there at the Expo—representing U.S. policy, regulations, and strategy—was NOAA Fisheries. 

At the Seafood Expo, Janet Coit, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator, heard from the seafood community and sat down with our NOAA Fisheries podcaster, John Sheehan. She shared her thoughts on major themes including the pandemic, climate change, and sustainable seafood. Tune into our latest podcast to hear from Janet and some of her big, even hopeful, takeaways from the seafood community.

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Janet Coit, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator, along with NOAA's Dr. Richard Spinrad, NOAA Administrator
Pictured from left to right: Noah Clark, former CEO of Town Dock, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator, Janet Coit, Ryan Clark, CEO of Town Dock, and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Rick Spinrad, at Seafood Expo North America in March 2022. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.