Trump-era aquaculture executive order under fire

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Trump-era aquaculture executive order under fire

With your southeast regional farm newspaper, I’m Haylie Shipp.

An executive order put in place by the Trump administration is now being criticized. More than 175 fishing, food advocacy and environmental groups are now calling on the Biden administration to revoke the order. The commands are “Promoting Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth”.

According to these groups, they claim that this executive order shortens the regulatory process for developing industrial offshore finfish aquaculture facilities in federal waters without congressional oversight.

Sea fish farming is a type of fish farming using huge net pens to grow fish. In a letter to President Biden, the groups say, “Offshore industrial fish farms would contaminate our marine waters with drugs, chemicals, and untreated waste, while creating a breeding ground for pests and disease.

Organizers of the letter with the Don’t Cage Our Oceans group estimate that the organizations together represent at least nine million individual members across the country and 250,000 businesses, including some 5,000 fishing businesses.

Again, environmental groups and parts of the fishing industry have urged President Biden to rescind Trump’s executive order titled “Promoting Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth.”

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