NOAA aims to develop aquaculture in federal waters of the Pacific

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is creating a plan to manage commercial fish farms in federal waters, the area of ocean from three to 200 miles offshore, around Hawaii and other Pacific islands.

The US government sees aquaculture as a promising solution to feeding a hungry planet, and to address the threat commercial fishing is posing on fish populations worldwide.

The program is similar to one recently implemented by NOAA in the Gulf of Mexico.

The initiative is worrying some environmentalists, who argue that industrial scale aquaculture farms could do more harm than good to fish stocks in general and to ocean health, according to a report by Associated Press

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