Innovasea has welcomed the authorisation of finfish mariculture in federal waters Photo: InnovaseaInnovasea has welcomed the authorisation of finfish mariculture in federal waters Photo: Innovasea

Innovasea has welcomed the decision by the US Army Corps of Engineers to authorise finfish mariculture in federal waters.

David Kelly, chief executive of Innovasea, said that it was another positive step for the aquaculture industry in the US and builds upon the momentum of the past year.

“The agency’s thorough review and deliberation has created a permitting process for open ocean aquaculture facilities in federal waters that is cognisant of environmental impacts and responsive to stakeholders without being needlessly burdensome to applicants,” he said.

“In recognising that ‘Finfish operators have … the same rights to use navigable waters as other users,’ the Army Corps’ new rule goes a long way toward levelling the playing field for the aquaculture industry in the US.

“That said, we encourage Congress to follow suit and pass bi-partisan legislation like the AQUAA Act to officially codify the country’s long-term approach to aquaculture. We’re hopeful that will happen in 2021,” he added.

Innovasea specialises in technologically advanced aquatic solutions for aquaculture and fish tracking and employs 250 people worldwide.

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