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									        Seafood and
        Health ’05:
        Issues, Questions and Answers


  Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. USN (Ret.)
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
                                   NOAA Administrator
                                     December 5, 2006
                     Outline

Welcome
NOAA’s mission goals
Seafood consumption trends
Meeting the increasing demand
Efforts at NOAA
National Efforts
International Efforts
Summary
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                     NOAA’s Mission Goals

Protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean
resources through ecosystem management
Understand climate variability and change to enhance
society’s ability to plan and respond
Serve society’s needs for weather and water information
Support the Nation’s commerce with information for safe,
efficient, and environmentally sound transportation




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                      Seafood Consumption Trends
                                          (Processed product)
Pounds
                    U.S. PER CAPITA SEAFOOD CONSUMPTION
  20
                                                                        RECORD: 16.6 lbs.




  15




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   5




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                     Meeting the Increasing Demand

NOAA is a steward of the oceans
Science based fisheries management to ensure
healthy stocks
Wild harvest fisheries and aquaculture important to
meet global seafood demand
Increased demand paired with conflicting
information on risks and health benefits of seafood
consumption


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                     Efforts at NOAA

Funded and organized 1985 and 2005 conferences
NAS Institute of Medicine study
       Identify adverse health effects of toxicants in seafood
       Examine availability of nutrients in seafood vs. other foods
       Determine impacts of modifying food choices
       Develop decision path for consumers
       Identify data gaps




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                     Efforts at NOAA

Omega-3 fatty acids for National Institutes of Health
Seafood inspection program
       Voluntary inspection services to industry for all edible products
       Inspection allows ability to apply official marks
       Services provided nationwide and in foreign countries
       Inspections of whole fish, formulated products, including products
       used for animal food




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                     National Efforts

Agencies monitor seafood supply for contamiants
Advisories about safety and consumption
Risk – benefit analysis
Research




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                     International Efforts

Global medical research on seafood and Omega-3s
U.N. Organizations focusing on health and nutrition
issues
       CODEX Alimentarius Commission
       World Health Organization

Risk/Benefit for use in consumption
recommendations
Pollution controls to protect natural resources -
ensures safety of seafood

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                     Summary

Seafood consumption rising
Wild harvest and aquaculture will meet global
demand
Risk management important
Continued research, dialogue and accurate
information important for informed consumer
decisions



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