USA: The waters are a public trust and that’s why Michigan citizens
should have an option to engage in aquaculture. The Michigan Aquaculture
Development Act of 1996 defines, develops and regulates aquaculture as
an agricultural enterprise. The act provides powers and duties of
certain state agencies and departments and provides for remedies.
The Great Lakes ecosystem has changed from bottom (zooplankton) to middle (cisco) to top. The historic biomass of fish in the open waters of the Great Lakes was much greater, maybe 10 times. It makes sense to pursue the careful development of aquaculture. The State of Michigan has learned a lot about how to operate aquaculture in places like Platte River. That hatchery used to be a big polluter of Platte Lake, but they cleaned it up and now raise millions of fish pollution free. It’s time the DNR shared what they learned with the people of Michigan.
Aquaculture is an agricultural enterprise and is part of Michigan’s farming and agricultural industry. It shall be assured that aquaculture is afforded all rights, privileges, opportunities and responsibilities of other agricultural enterprises.
Michigan Farm Bureau's member-developed policy supports aquaculture in Michigan, because of responsible regulation, opportunity to provide fresh, local food and opportunities for Michigan farmers: www.michfb.com/MI/Policy_and_Politics/Policies/Agriculture/Aquaculture_and_Commercial_Fishing/gtjournal.tadl.org/2015/889/
Stewart A. McFerran