Gulf of Mexico
A Dangerous New Industry Approved by Obama Administration
Despite widespread public opposition, on September 3, 2009 the Department of Commerce enabled a controversial plan that allows ocean fish farming, the mass production of fish in huge floating cages or net pens in open ocean waters, in the Gulf of Mexico to pass into effect. The plan makes the Gulf the first federally managed waters to allow open ocean fish farming. Given the concerns of pollution from fish feed and wastes, potential negative impacts on commercial and recreational fishermen, and increased stress on marine life from this form of farming, it’s not a distinction to be proud of. Read our press statement here.