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New Offshore Aquaculture Bill

by 5m Editor
18 December 2009, at 12:00am

US - The new offshore aquaculture bill which will establish a regulatory framework, receives praise from the Pew Environment Group.

"The Pew Environment Group applauds Representative Capps for introducing legislation that would establish strong national standards for offshore fish farms. We have seen worldwide that poorly managed marine aquaculture causes substantial harm to fish, wildlife and their habitat," said Christopher Mann, the senior officer.

"There is not an overarching policy governing aquaculture development in federal marine waters. If the industry wants to expand into waters three to 200 miles offshore, we need a regulatory system specifically designed to address the environmental risks of fish farming and protect the health of marine ecosystems. This bill is an important first step in creating the necessary framework."

5m Editor