Pew Environment Group Statement on Council Vote Allowing Aquaculture in Federal Waters


Washington, DC - 01/28/2009 - Andrea Kavanagh, manager of the Salmon Aquaculture Reform Campaign at the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement in response to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s vote on open ocean aquaculture.

“Rushing to allow open ocean aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico is an accident waiting to happen.  If the council is going to create a series of fish farms in federal waters, a national system with uniform guidelines should first be in place. 

“Environmental concerns must play a critical role if and when we create national standards for offshore fish farming.  For too long, untreated waste, escapes and disease have plagued the aquaculture industry.  We cannot ignore their impacts on our fragile ocean ecosystems.”

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, visit the Salmon Aquaculture Reform campaign.

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