Growing the Future: Opportunities to Support Domestic Seafood Through Aquaculture

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene a hearing titled, “Growing the Future: Opportunities to Support Domestic Seafood Through Aquaculture,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. The hearing will examine the current state of aquaculture in the United States, future opportunities for offshore, coastal, and inland communities, and the potential impact on the economy.  


  • Dr. Kelly Lucas, Director of the Marine Aquaculture Center, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Mr. Mark Luecke, Managing Director and CEO, Prairie AquaTech
  • Mr. Donald Kent, President and CEO, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
  • Mr. Barton Seaver, Chef and Author

*Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
10:00 a.m.

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Bill Nelson


  • Mr. Donald B. Kent

    Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
    Download Testimony (609.08 KB)
  • Kelly Lucas Ph.D.

    Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center
  • Mark Luecke

    Managing Director and CEO
    Prairie AquaTech
  • Barton Seaver

    Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative Center for Health and the Global Environment