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Sep 29, 2016

Report: Aquaculture in California has promising future

In a joint press conference on Tuesday, 27 September, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Sea Grant, and the Aquarium of the Pacific discussed a report they jointly authored that explores the possibilities for aquaculture in Southern California. The report is the result of two workshops hosted by the group earlier this year and in 2015. Participants in the workshop included scientists, regulators and industry practitioners with proven expertise in the field of aquaculture and environmental science. “Here in California, we have the oceanographic conditions, proximity to markets, and scientific expertise necessary to support environmentally responsible aquaculture,” Aquarium of the Pacific President and CEO Jerry Schubel said. “With our planet’s growing human population and rising demand for food, aquaculture will play a pivotal role in increasing the safe supply of healthy protein in our global food systems, and California could serve as a model for states looking to develop a robust aquaculture industry.” The report offers recommendations for growth and expansion of marine aquaculture in the U.S. and idea for improving the complex permitting system for aquaculture activities currently in place in California. Read the article.

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