Commerce and NOAA to Release Draft Aquaculture Policies on Feb. 9; Informational Briefings for the Public Set for Feb. 9, 16, and 23
The U.S. Department of Commerce and NOAA are releasing complementary draft national aquaculture policies for public comment on Feb 9, after 9 a.m. (Eastern). The policies and online comment forms will be available via the NOAA Aquaculture Program website on Feb. 9 at: http://aquaculture.noaa.gov. NOAA will be seeking public comment on the draft policies for the next 60 days.
Also, at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Feb. 9, NOAA is hosting a national constituent call-in. The call is free and open to the public. Please pass this information along to your colleagues and others in your network. The call-in number and pass code for the Feb. 9th call are:
Call-in number: 800-779-1537
NOAA will also host additional national call-ins to brief the public on the two policies on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. More information on those call-ins will be available on the website along with copies of the draft policies and online comment forms: http://aquaculture.noaa.gov.
The draft policies respond to public input submitted to NOAA during 2010 - e.g., by emphasizing the protection of wild species, and acknowledging the importance of sound science for management decisions.
The draft Commerce policy focuses on sustainable aquaculture within the context of the key Commerce goals of encouraging economic growth and employment opportunities in the United States and of enhancing U.S. competitiveness in, and exports to, global markets.
The intent of NOAA's draft policy is to guide NOAA's actions and decisions on aquaculture and to provide a national approach for supporting sustainable commercial production, expanding restoration aquaculture, and researching and developing new technologies.
For more information, contact Kate Naughten at Kate.Naughten@noaa.gov or go to the website, http://aquaculture.noaa.gov.