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Feds Open Gulf Of Mexico To Aquaculture

January 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
With increased demand for seafood comes an increased need for aquaculture (fish farming) for sustainable seafood production. To help meet that challenge, the federal government has opened the door to the seafood industry to expand fish farming in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued final rules implementing an environmentally sustainable program of aquaculture that will reduce U.S. dependency on seafood imports, provide a domestic source of sustainable fish protein, and create jobs. Under the new rules, NOAA Fisheries will issue permits to grow red drum, cobia, and almaco jack, among others, in federal Gulf waters for an initial period of 10 years. The rules took into account thousands of public comments, according to NOAA.
"NOAA expands opportunities for US aquaculture", News release, NOAA, January 20, 2016, © NOAA
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