Three leading US trade groups, including the largest seafood industry association in North America, are calling for an independent review a decision by the state of Washington to refuse renewal of leases for aquaculture giant Cooke's steelhead farms.

Gavin Gibbons, vice president for communications at the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), said in a statement Wednesday the state's decision was short-sighted given the efforts to expand the US aquaculture industry.

“Aquaculture has the ability to sustainably and affordably increase the availability of the healthiest animal protein on the planet, while also producing jobs—an impressive combination," Gibbons said.