Rules Guiding Fish Farming in the Gulf Are Readied

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Cornelia Dean

09/03/2009 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that it would draft a national policy on fish farming in federal waters but in the meantime would allow aquaculture rules for the Gulf of Mexico to go into effect.


“We need a national plan,” said George Leonard, who heads the aquaculture program at the Ocean Conservancy, an advocacy group. He said the gulf plan “lacks enforcement standards for the risks we know accompany this kind of farming” and added that region-by-region regulation ran contrary to the Obama administration’s pledge to develop a regulatory framework for coastal waters generally.

Christopher Mann of the Pew Environment Group called it “a recipe for disaster.”

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