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Conduct an assessment of the local seafood system to identify opportunities and gaps in the industry. Share data and findings with local seafood industry stakeholders.
Assess ongoing research in the fishing and aquaculture industries, and develop a research agenda that complements and builds on ongoing studies.
Conduct a comprehensive seafood system plan, similar to the Massachusetts Food System Plan, that looks at all aspects of the seafood supply chain in detail, and develops goals and recommendations for the local seafood industry.
Review the 1995 ‘Aquaculture White Paper and Strategic Plan’ and subsequent revisions, and conduct new research to identify current challenges and opportunities in the industry.
Research land-based aquaculture to identify opportunities and strategies for innovation and enterprise development.
Study climate conditions including sea level rise, severe storms, and ocean acidification, and assess the impact of these on the marine ecosystems, estuaries and fisheries.
Increase funding for cooperative research that improves the fishing industry’s ability to adapt to changes in fish populations and ensure stock resiliency.
Commit state funding and grants to expanded research for local seafood product development and sustainable fish and shellfish operation innovation, with an eye toward expanding markets for underutilized species.
Revive and expand seafood science research and development laboratories.
Clarify guiding regulatory codes and identify where modifications might be made. These should include federal, state and local regulations that address a range of areas, from public health to building codes, with respect to business types and scales.
Develop a publicly-available inventory of food processing-related regulations that identifies relevant regulations and codes by business types. This could be in the form of a searchable digital interface.
Make building codes appropriately scaled for businesses of different sizes. In particular, review and reform the State Plumbing Code.
Develop streamlined regulatory processes for multi-use facilities, such as shared kitchens and food trucks.
Encourage the use of existing small production kitchens such as in Grange halls, churches and schools, where foods could be manufactured or developed in compliance with the state food code.
Review and revise regulations relative to meat and poultry processing.
Apply for the federal program enabling sale of state-inspected meat across state lines.
Review state and local food processing regulations in other states to inform regulation reform in Massachusetts and in New England.
Increase ongoing training of local and state regulators in 21st century agricultural and food issues. Increase training of farmers, agriculture commissions, and others in public health and food safety.
Explore and implement options for credentialing of the local public health workforce, accreditation of local health departments, and regionalization of local public health services and regulations, in order to increase capacity and expertise of local regulators.
Increase the number of inspectors and their capacity to work with the private sector together to build toward compliance.