In 2016, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council developed a plan for regulating offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico. While the published rule was overturned in court, this does not prevent offshore aquaculture projects from moving forward. Two federal agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, continue to have authority over the offshore aquaculture permitting process.
To help address the questions surrounding offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Sea Grant hosted a workshop to share updated information, address concerns, and identify knowledge gaps and opportunities to support this growing industry.
The workshop offered discussion of current and future offshore aquaculture projects in the Gulf. It included presentations on important topics related to what we have experienced and understand about offshore aquaculture — followed by a facilitated discussion on what knowledge gaps and concerns exist and how they can be addressed to further the development of this industry in the Gulf of Mexico.
Martin Main—FL Sea Grant
Michael P Crosby—Mote
Joy Hazell—FL Sea Grant
Laura Tiu—FL Sea Grant
Dennis Peters—Kampachi Farms, LLC
Kelly Lucas—University Southern Mississippi
Dan Benetti—University of Miami
LeRoy Creswell—FL Sea Grant
Presenter Panel—Q & A
Activities to Identify Additional Offshore Aquaculture Research and Communication Questions
Tour—Mote Marine Aquaculture Facility Lunch and Welcome by Kevan Main
Hatchery and Fingerling Production of Marine Fish