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NOAA Seeks Comments on Offshore Marine Aquaculture Plan

21 February 2014

US - NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft supplemental environmental document related to the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (Aquaculture Plan).

This document considers possible environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill on offshore aquaculture in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

This document was published in the Federal Register on February 18, 2014 (79 FR 9199). The public comment period for this document ends on March 31, 2014.

Request for Comments

You may submit comments on the draft supplemental environmental document, identified by "NOAA-NMFS-2008-0233" by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submissions: Submit electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2008-0233, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: Submit written comments to Jess Beck-Stimpert, Southeast Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

Electronic copies of the Aquaculture Plan and final programmatic environmental impact statement, which includes an initial regulatory flexibility analysis, and a regulatory impact review may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site at

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