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Offshore Aquaculture and the Magnuson-Stevens Act


June 28, 2013



Most offshore aquaculture facilities require a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act—and in some cases, this permit will be the only one required under federal law. ELI’s white paper, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulation of Offshore Aquaculture, provides a detailed legal and practical overview of Corps regulation of offshore aquaculture, illustrated through case studies of three offshore aquaculture projects that have recently received Section 10 permits. In addition, it provides recommendations for steps to increase the consistency and timeliness of Section 10 permitting of offshore aquaculture while ensuring that all environmental impacts are effectively addressed.

This webinar featured presentations on the content and recommendations of the white paper, along with presentations and reactions by experts from the Army Corps of Engineers and Salem State University’s Northeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center.

  • Constance Sathre, NOAA Office of the General Counsel
  • Neil Sims, Kampachi Farms
  • Joe Hendrix, Seafish Mariculture
  • Elizabeth Fetherston, Ocean Conservancy

  • Read Porter, Director, Invasive Species Program, Environmental Law Institute



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