Rep. Young Introduces Aquaculture Legislation
Washington, D.C. - Congressman for All Alaska Don Young introduced H.R. 574 which would prohibit the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce from allowing commercial finfish aquaculture operations in federal waters unless specifically authorized by Congress. This legislation comes in conjunction with a new policy announced by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association on farmed fish.
"Alaskan wild fish are one of our state's many natural treasures and the seafood industry is our biggest private employer," said Rep. Young. "Obviously I have a vested interest in preserving our state's right to determine what type of aquaculture programs should and should not be conducted in our waters and those adjacent to our waters. If not properly managed, farmed fish can be a threat to the health of our wild stocks and the health of our oceans and should work within very strict guidelines as determined by Congress."