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Legislation Gives US Aquaculture New Chance

AQUAA Act is backed by coalition of companies, including Cargill

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A bill aimed at developing a viable offshore aquaculture industry in the United States is getting a second shot, with legislators from two land-locked states putting it forward once again, reports IntraFish.

US Representatives Steven Palazzo (R-MS) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) on Wednesday re-introduced the “Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture Act," or the AQUAA Act.

The bill seeks to increase the United States’ involvement in the aquaculture industry by enabling its development in federal waters, which extend from 12 miles offshore through to 200 miles offshore.

The act could "usher in a wave of American aquaculture," Palazzo said, citing the country's over-dependence on foreign seafood.

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