The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hold another listening session in Raleigh, North Carolina today to continue discussing its five-year strategic plan, which targets an increase in aquaculture production by leasing federal waterways to companies looking to build floating feedlots.
Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) introduced a bill that would allow the Trump Administration to create a permitting scheme for industrial ocean fish farming in the United States. The bill is cosponsored by Representative Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).
“It is unbelievable that the agency charged with ocean stewardship continues to push for such a disastrous industry in our public waterways,” said Hallie Templeton, Senior Oceans Campaigner for Friends of the Earth.
In promoting offshore aquaculture, the agency inaccurately claims that placing concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in the ocean would solve the current seafood deficit and create jobs, while also operating sustainably.
The legitimization of industrial ocean aquaculture in our waters will wreak havoc on ocean ecosystems.
More than 100 organizations today formally announced their united opposition to industrial ocean fish farming in U.S. waters. The move comes as some members of Congress are attempting to force through legislation to develop offshore fish farming nationwide.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation today that will phase out industrial ocean fish farms in state waters. House Bill 2957 bans new leases to non-native net pen operations and prohibits the renewal of existing leases.
The Washington state legislature passed a bill today that would phase out industrial ocean fish farms in state waters.
The Washington State Senate has passed legislation that would phase-out industrial ocean fish farms in state waters. Senate Bill 6086, which was introduced by Senator Kevin Ranker, would ban new leases to Atlantic salmon net pen farms and prohibit the renewal of all existing leases.