NOAA Dives into Aquaculture Opportunity Areas

In the United States, marine aquaculture operates within one of the most comprehensive regulatory environments in the world. Projects that are sited in U.S. waters must meet a number of federal, state, and local regulations that ensure environmental protection, water quality, and healthy oceans.

Information source: NAA / media release

Within the recent Executive Order, Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth, Section 7, Aquaculture Opportunity Areas, directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) to identify areas in federal marine waters appropriate for aquaculture.  In a new 3-1/2 minute video, the agency describes their goals, responsibilities, approach, sideboards and invites public engagement. Click here to watch or share.

Aquaculture Opportunity Areas will be small, defined geographic areas that have been evaluated to determine potential suitability for commercial aquaculture. Using scientific analysis and public engagement, NOAA Fisheries will identify areas that are environmentally, socially, and economically appropriate for commercial aquaculture. Once established, these areas can expand economic opportunities in coastal and rural areas and increase seafood security.

NOAA Fisheries plays a central role in developing and implementing policies that enable marine aquaculture and works to ensure that aquaculture complies with existing federal laws and regulations that NOAA enforces under its marine stewardship mission.

Science and adaptive management inform NOAA policy, regulatory, and management decisions regarding aquaculture in marine waters. For more information, contact the NOAA Office of Aquaculture by clicking here.

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