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Alaska Aquaculture Opportunity Areas information session
December 2, 2020, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm AKSTFree
Please join us for an information session to learn more about designating Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOAs), and how you can help identify potential areas within Alaska that will become a focus for commercial aquaculture development. Registration for the information session is required.
With the help of stakeholder input, NOAA will select 10 geographic regions nationwide. Once selected, NOAA will use a combination of spatial mapping, scientific review, and additional public engagement to identify areas within the geographic regions for siting AOAs that are the most environmentally, socially, and economically appropriate for commercial aquaculture. This rigorous and collaborative analysis will identify areas where aquaculture projects are most likely to thrive.
Stakeholder input will be an important part of the selection process. This information session will prepare you to better understand and influence which areas may receive future AOA designation. We’ll share information about the AOA process, benefits, and concerns, and take questions.
If you’re interested in reviewing NOAA’s AOA information prior to this information session, visit Aquaculture Opportunity Areas | NOAA Fisheries. We look forward to seeing you.
What is an AOA?
AOAs are called for in the May 2020 Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. They are defined as geographic areas (state waters, federal waters, or a combination of both) that have been evaluated for their potential for sustainable commercial aquaculture. Selected areas are expected to support multiple aquaculture farm sites of varying types including finfish, shellfish, and/or seaweed. In Alaska, finfish farming is banned in state waters per Alaska Statute 16.40.210. Thus, AOAs for state waters would apply to aquaculture operations for seaweed, shellfish, and/or other pertinent species.
This information meeting may be recorded and shared for informational purposes, and may incidentally include participant names, faces, comments, and questions.
Please email Dawn Montano to be added to the aquaculture announcements list.