The Fish and Seafood Promotion Act (“Act”) is federal legislation enacted to strengthen the competitive position of U.S. commercial fishing industry in the domestic and international marketplace. The following are some of the purposes of the Act:
1.Encouraging the development and utilization of all species of fish available for harvest by the U.S. fishing industry;
2.Encouraging the utilization of domestically-produced fish through enhancement of markets, promotion, and public relations;
3.Helping the U.S. fishing industry develop methods to improve quality and efficiency in the marketplace;
4.Educating and informing consumers on the use of fish;
5.Developing better coordination of fisheries marketing and promotion activities with commercial fisheries research and development programs; and
6.Educating and informing the public about the nutritional value of fish in the diet.
The Act helps in the significant contribution to the national economy by providing significant employment in coastal areas and in processing and distribution centers. The Act facilitates in increased consumption of seafood in the U.S. that could significantly lower the risk of many cardiovascular diseases. The Act also provides for federally supported development programs for commercial fisheries that are unable to meet present and future marketing needs. [16 USCS § 4001].