Offshore aquaculture will put Florida's environment, beaches, marine resources and local economies at risk; therefore, the Holmes Beach Mayor and City Commission express its opposition to these activities.
For decades, the federal government has pushed to expand marine finfish aquaculture in federal waters, despite massive public opposition and negative global experiences with the industry, including but not limited to: farmed fish spills, parasites, disease, conflicts with marine life, use of antibiotics and other toxins, harm to wild fisheries and coastal economies, and the devastation of native wild fish stocks.
The federal government is working toward permitting industrial ocean sh farms in federal ocean waters without explicit Congressional authorization. The Keep Fin sh Free Act (H.R. 2467) simply provides the opportunity for Congress to weigh in before allowing federal agencies to issue commercial permits.
60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue NOAA under the Endangered Species Act Regarding Sea Grant’s Funding of Offshore Aquaculture Projects
Industrial ocean fish farming – also known as open ocean, offshore, or marine finfish aquaculture – is the concentrated cultivation of captive finfish in the ocean, in net pens, pods, cages, or other devices.