Aquaculture permit streamlining needed now, as passed or revised
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UNITED STATESTuesday, November 29, 2016New Jersey looks like it soon will streamline the permitting process for fi

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

 

New Jersey looks like it soon will streamline the permitting process for fish farmers, which would boost the young Delaware Bay oyster industry. A bill to do so, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, passed the Legislature unanimously this month. Now the question is which is best — a simple signature from Gov. Chris Christie or sending the bill back for revisions to reflect Agriculture Department concerns.

There is broad agreement that New Jersey aquaculture has significant growth potential. Rutgers University estimates that 160 aquaculture businesses contribute USD 36 million to the state economy, NJ Spotlight said on November 2016, and surrounding states have aquaculture operations 30 times the size of New Jersey’s.

Oyster farmers along the bay, using two varieties of the shellfish bred by Rutgers to be more disease resistant, have found strong demand for their product in East Coast cities. The value of oysters sold jumped 14 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Source: Press of Atlantic City

 

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