Bill’s advance bodes well for US offshore aquaculture

Liza Mayer Fisheries & Aquaculture

Bill’s advance bodes well for US offshore aquaculture
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A bill that seeks to establish national standards for offshore aquaculture in the US was re-introduced March 11 at the US House of Representatives.

Bipartisan bill H.R. 6191, otherwise known as Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture, or AQUAA Act, is expected to expand US aquaculture and create jobs and economic growth in coastal and agricultural communities.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D, MN) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (R, MS) introduced the bill. US Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss) introduced an earlier version of the bill in 2018.

The reintroduced bill includes provisions on creating a National Standard for Aquaculture and aquaculture enterprise zones.

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