Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf Aquaculture Plan)

The purpose of the Gulf Aquaculture Plan is to maximize benefits to the Nation by establishing a regional permitting process to manage the development of an environmentally sound and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Gulf Aquaculture Plan would allow up to 20 offshore aquaculture operations to be permitted in federal waters of the Gulf over a 10-year period.

The proposed rule was published on August 28, 2014.  For information on how to comment on the rule see the 'Proposed Rule' section below.


To reach the Regional Aquaculture Coordinator, please call 727-824-5301.

Jess Beck-Stimpert