By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 24 February, 2013
New legislation introduced by Alaska's Representative Don Young would prohibit the authorization of commercial aquaculture in federal waters. Specifically, the bill would prevent the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Commerce from authorizing such ventures, requiring specific authorization from Congress.
"If not properly managed, farmed fish can be a significant threat to the health of Alaska's wild stocks and the health of our oceans," Rep. Young said. "Alaska's seafood industry is one of the largest employers in the state, and today's legislation will preserve Congress' prerogative to determine what type of aquaculture programs should and should not be conducted in our waters and those adjacent to our waters."