Connecticut Seafood Development Council
The Connecticut Seafood Council, originally established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1997, had seven appointed industry board members, an executive director and four ex-officio agency members from the Departments of Environmental Protection, Agriculture and Economic and Community Development, and Connecticut Sea Grant.
In 2022, new legislation established the Connecticut Seafood Development Council (CSDC) to replace and renew the focus of the Connecticut Seafood Council. The CSDC will assist in the promotion of Connecticut seafood products and examine market opportunities. Housed within the Department of Agriculture, it will consist of 13 appointed members representing the Commissioners of Agriculture, Economic and Community Development, and Energy and Environmental Protection; Connecticut Sea Grant; freshwater finfish production; aquaculture finfish production; commercial marine finfish harvesters; commercial lobster harvesters; shellfish wholesalers; the Connecticut Restaurant Association; small-scale aquaculture production; seaweed aquaculture production and shellfish harvesters. Specific appointments have not yet been announced.