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Coalition Sends Letter to President Biden On Seafood and Aquaculture

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Yesterday, the Don’t Cage Our Oceans Coalition, of which Recirculating Farms is a founding member, sent a letter to the Biden Administration, urging an end to policies that accelerate the development of harmful industrial fish farms, and instead support sustainable seafood protection that protects our marine environment. Several executive orders issued by the Trump Administration, […]

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U.S. Corps of Engineers Issues Nationwide Permit for Industrial Aquaculture

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a nationwide permit facilitating the rapid development and construction of large-scale commercial finfish aquaculture facilities in federal waters, among other major industries. The permit, which takes effect on March 15, 2021, will allow corporations to speed and scale up the development of industrial fish farms. This form of aquaculture […]

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Advocates Urge Commerce Secretary Nominee to Prioritize Sustainable Seafood

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On January 7, the Biden transition team announced the nomination of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to be the next Secretary of Commerce. The Commerce Secretary oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), under which is the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). As such, Raimondo would oversee federal environmental and business policies that impact […]

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Coalition Appeals EPA Permit For Gulf of Mexico Fish Farm

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SARASOTA, FL —  On October 30, 2020, The Don’t Cage Our Ocean Coalition joined together today with local and regional partners to file an appeal against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pollution discharge permit for Velella Epsilon, an industrial finfish aquaculture facility vying for construction permits in federal waters off of Sarasota, Florida. The EPA’s permit […]

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6 Things You Should Know About Seafood

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This piece appears courtesy of FoodPrint  By Ryan Nebeker If you have eaten seafood recently, odds are you have eaten farmed seafood. You might have believed you were making a sustainable and healthy choice, one that helps protect wild populations and is a smart way to feed a growing population. But the real story of […]

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Federal Agencies Rush Industrial Aquaculture Development, Threatening Fishing, Communities, and Ecosystems

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Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the main federal agency tasked with managing ocean resources, will move to designate waters off Southern California and in the Gulf of Mexico as “Aquaculture Opportunity Areas” (AOA). Areas designated as AOAs have been pre-approved for expansion of industrial aquaculture facilities, as dictated in President Trump’s May […]

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5th Circuit Appeals Court Upholds Stop on Fish Farming in Gulf of Mexico!

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Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held illegal the Department of Commerce’s federal regulations (through National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service) that would have permitted, for the very first time, large-scale industrial finfish aquaculture operations offshore in U.S. federal waters. The appellate court affirmed a 2018 […]

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World Oceans Day 2020 – An Open Letter

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An Open Letter from Our Oceans Dear Humans, Did you know that this special day of June is World Oceans Day?! It’s a day to celebrate ME! And as part of that, I ask you today, to please listen to my humble message, so that you might better understand, and perhaps address, my current situation. […]

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Johns Hopkins: Near and Offshore Finfish Aquaculture Poses Risks

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Expanding nearshore finfish farming or establishing an offshore industry in the U.S. carries significant risks to aquatic ecosystems and public health, according to a report published by researchers at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. The report assesses whether an expanded […]