Aquaculture waste
Aquaculture, or factory fish farming, is a rapidly growing industry that produces much of the seafood products we eat. Most of the shrimp, shellfish, trout and salmon currently consumed by Americans are raised either in large enclosed pens or land-based fish farms. Both of these systems often discharge large amounts of nutrients, chemicals and waste into our local waterways. Among other problems, these discharges may cause algal blooms which reduce oxygen in the water and kill marine life. Opponents of large fish farming operations warn of significant damage to coastal environments from large volumes of wastewater that is constantly released from these operations. It has been estimated that a farm with 20,000 salmon creates more waste than a city of 60,000 people.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.331 - To prohibit the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce from authorizing commercial finfish aquaculture operations in the Exclusive Economic Zone except in accordance with a law authorizing such action

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