Aquaculture for all

Council Delays Gulf Aquaculture

MEXICO - Federal fishery regulators have delayed a vote on an aquaculture proposal that would open the Gulf of Mexico to fish farms -- a plan that has drawn concern over the potential environmental impact of raising thousands of fish in underwater cages.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will consider the aquaculture plan during a January meeting in Bay St. Louis, council officials said.

According to, the proposal would create a permitting process for developers to raise fish such as grouper and red drum in underwater cages and pens in federal waters stretching from 3 miles to 200 miles offshore.

Open-water aquaculture supporters have said raising fish in the ocean could take pressure off the overfished wild stocks in the Gulf.

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