NOAA Aquaculture Office Newsletter
February 2012

In this Issue
  • Director's Corner
  • NOAA Budget Briefing
  • National Ocean Policy commnets
  • Aquaculture America

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Greetings and welcome to the Office of Aquaculture newsletter!  There is a lot of activity in this time between the close of winter and beginning of spring.  This month, I discuss our new aquaculture website, provide an update on the National Shellfish Initiative, and mention two opportunities for public comment on aquaculture-related issues.


So head on over to our website, read the 'Director's Corner' and, as always, thank you for your involvement in NOAA's aquaculture activities!





Briefing on NOAA Fisheries 2013 Budget


As a follow-up to the release of the President's proposed FY2013 budget, we would like to invite you to a constituent briefing this Friday, February 17, at 3:30pm (EST) to learn more about what the Administration's FY2013 proposal means for NOAA Fisheries and the Office of Aquaculture.  This briefing will provide an opportunity to hear details about changes that may result from this budget proposal as well as afford the opportunity to ask questions and share comments or concerns.


Follow this link for further information, including how to participate. 

National Ocean Council seeks Comment on Draft National Ocean Policy Plan

The Interagency National Ocean Council (NOC), led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is seeking public comments on a draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan that describes more than 50 actions the federal government will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.  Implementation Plan actions include streamlining ocean and coastal permitting processes, beginning with aquaculture; improving water quality; providing climate-change forecasts and vulnerability assessments for coastal communities; improving environmental response management in the Arctic.


Comments must be received by February 27, 2012For information on how to comment, visit our website

COEXISTPROJECT.US Among Several NOAA-Related Sessions at Aquaculture America 

Coastal Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) is basic to all future successful coastal aquaculture development.  The COEXISTPROJECT.US session at Aquaculture America will provide tools to work with communities and implement CMSP in various regions.  COEXISTPROJECT.US will present the latest developments from CMSP programs in Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, and California, discuss how it works, and what has been accomplished.  For more information -- and for information on other NOAA-related presentations -- visit the Aquaculture America website.