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Support for a maturing aquaculture industry at National Restaurant Association

Farmed seafood is a staple, not an alternative to wild, chefs say. Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

Farmed seafood is a staple, not an alternative to wild, chefs say. Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

The U.S. foodservice community at large believes that aquaculture should be judged by its potential to feed the world in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and not by the misgivings that dogged the industry in its infancy.

That was the No. 1 takeaway from an hour-long session on farmed and wild seafood at the 2016 NRA (National Restaurant Association) Show at McCormick Place in Chicago on Monday, May 23, which drew around 100 U.S. foodservice professionals. The NRA Show is the largest annual gathering of the foodservice industry, attracting more than 42,000 foodservice buyers and more than 2,000 exhibitors.

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