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Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, Including Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

Abstract: Demand for protein is increasing in the United States and commercial wild-capture fisheries will not likely be adequate to meet this growing demand. Aquaculture is one method to meet current and future demands for seafood. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has authority to regulate fishing in federal waters, including aquaculture. Currently, NOAA Fisheries Service requires an exempted fishing permit (EFP) to conduct aquaculture in federal waters. This permit is of limited duration and is not intended for commercial production of fish, making aquaculture in federal waters not viable under the current permitting process. The purpose of this Aquaculture Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is to maximize benefits to the Nation by establishing a regional permitting process to manage the development of an environmentally sound and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Council initiated this action to provide a programmatic approach to evaluating the impacts of aquaculture proposals in the Gulf of Mexico and a comprehensive framework for regulating such activities. The FMP and associated draft programmatic environmental impact statement (DPEIS) are intended to streamline the regulatory process for authorizing current and future offshore aquaculture proposals by providing the Council and NOAA Fisheries Service the information required to review, authorize, and monitor offshore aquaculture operations. The primary goal of the proposed aquaculture permitting program is to increase the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and optimum yield (OY) of federal fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico by supplementing the harvest of wild caught species with cultured product.
RIN: 0648-AS65
Type: Rule Making

1225 Comments

  • No to fish factory farms in public waters! No to more demand to catch more fish to feed f...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 12/01/2014
    Submitter Name: Scott ...
  • Instead of promoting fish farming, I would encourage the government to educate the public ...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 12/01/2014
    Submitter Name: Leslie ...
  • All we need are CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) in fresh water lakes. Pleas...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 12/01/2014
    Submitter Name: Steve ...
    Organization: Fish Feel
  • Public Submission
    Posted: 08/04/2015
    Submitter Name: Marianne ...
    Organization: Recirculating Farms Coalition
  • On behalf of our more than six hundred members and constituents, Fish Feel is submitting t...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 12/01/2014
    Submitter Name: Mary ...
  • To whom it may concern, There are many positive benefits of aquaculture. However, there a...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 12/01/2014
    Submitter Name: Gabriella ...
  • Public Submission
    Posted: 08/05/2015
  • This is a terrible idea! Do not give these people a permit. Aquaculture is not sustainab...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 12/01/2014
    Submitter Name: Emily ...
  • See attached file(s)
    Public Submission
    Posted: 12/01/2014
    Submitter Name: Connor ...
  • Public Submission
    Posted: 08/05/2015