|Aquaculture Not Ready For Prime Time--So Why Did The Gulf Council Approve It?|
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Government Report Confirms Offshore Aquaculture Not Ready for Primetime
Food & Water Watch Applauds Congressman Rahall for Statements that GAO Report Shows Offshore Aquaculture Poses Threats
Washington, DC – On May 9th, Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV), chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, re-confirmed what consumer group Food & Water Watch and others have been advocating for years - that more research is needed on the potential environmental and socio-economic threats associated with fish farming. His statement came in response to a report released by the Government Accountability Office on offshore aquaculture, the growing of fish in large cages in open ocean waters. Last February, Chairman Rahall asked the GAO to do a study on offshore aquaculture, citing the need for clear regulatory framework for the industry that should consider ecological and economic sustainability.
(May 13, 2008)