Federal Waters Open Up For Aquafarming With NOAA Rule

Law360, New York (January 12, 2016, 3:18 PM EST) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday issued a "groundbreaking" final rule regulating for the first time the commercial farming and harvesting of popular seafood fishes in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, paving the way for a U.S. expansion of seafood production and trade.

The new regulations concern the field of aquaculture or aquafarming, a practice of raising marine species in controlled environments as opposed to harvesting them in the wild that, until now, has focused mainly on raising oysters, clams, mussels and salmon. With the NOAA's new rule, approved fisheries can obtain permits to raise red...

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