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Southern California Aquaculture Opportunity Area


Notice of Intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed identification of one or more Aquaculture Opportunity Areas to be located in Federal waters off the coast of Southern California.
Fishing Type
Action Status
Point of Contact
Diane Windham, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Aquaculture Coordinator, socalaoa.wcr@noaa.gov


On May 23, 2022, NOAA Fisheries published a Notice of Intent(NOI) in the Federal Register announcing the preparation of the Southern California AOA draft PEIS. The NOI initiated a 60-day public comment period, during which NOAA requested comments concerning the scope of the proposed action to identify an AOA in Southern California. The public comment period lasted from May 23, 2022, to July 22, 2022. For an overview of the public input received during this period, view our Public Scoping Report.

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 03/29/2023