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

Statement on Recent Court Ruling on Aquaculture - September 26, 2018

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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 allows up to 20 offshore aquaculture operations to be permitted in federal waters of the Gulf over a 10-year period.

The final rule published on January 13, 2016.  To download a copy of the final rule, see the 'Rulemaking' section below. 


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



Gulf Aquaculture Permit (GAP) Application Information