(1) the commercial fishing industry of the United States significantly contributes to
the national economy, and could make a greater contribution if fish resources within
the United States Exclusive Economic Zone were more fully utilized;
(2) the commercial fisheries of the United States provide significant employment in coastal
areas and in processing and distribution centers;
(3) fish contribute an important nutritional component to the American diet;
(4) increased consumption of seafood in the United States could significantly lower the
risk of many cardiovascular diseases;
(5) Federally supported development programs for commercial fisheries are unable to meet
present and future marketing needs;
(6) many fish species are underutilized by the United States fishing industry because
of underdeveloped markets; and
(7) the United States fishing industry has the potential to expand greatly its contribution
to interstate and foreign commerce, favorably affecting the balance of trade.
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