Activist quick to criticize NOAA's 2007 Marine Aquaculture Summit
On Tuesday, June 26, 2007, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began its two-day National Marine Aquaculture Summit in Washington D.C. and Andrea Kavanagh, director of the Pure Salmon Campaign lost no time in issuing a critical statement.
The event was designed to explore and analyze business opportunities and challenges for U.S. marine aquaculture, but even as the meeting was starting, Kavanagh, who attended the meeting, sent out a press release criticizing the agenda.
"The entire conference focuses on business and investment opportunities, while largely ignoring critical environmental problems that plague this industry. If the U.S. wants to become a true leader within the aquaculture arena, it must promote and enforce the highest environmental standards possible", she said in the release.
"Right now, environmental concerns are an after thought at best. That needs to change as industry and political leaders continue to identify key challenges and priorities."
The Pure Salmon Campaign is a global project of the National Environmental Trust.