Commercial Aquaculture Coming to the US?
Published on Jan 14, 2016

Sea Pen

Commercial aquaculture could soon be coming to the Gulf of Mexico thanks to a final rule from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which will allow companies to develop fish farms in the region.

The rule is reflective of NOAA’s overarching commitment to the expansion of aquaculture’s role in the nation’s seafood supply. It will allow for up to 20 facilities and 64 million pounds (29,000 metric tons) of fish to be produced every year by aquaculture farms in the Gulf. The organization hopes the rule will serve to “open the door” for other areas.

"As demand for seafood continues to rise, aquaculture presents a tremendous opportunity not only to meet this demand, but also to increase opportunities for the seafood industry and job creation," NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan said in a statement. "Expanding U.S. aquaculture in federal waters complements wild harvest fisheries and supports our efforts to maintain sustainable fisheries and resilient oceans.”

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