Click here for Statement on Recent Court Ruling on Aquaculture - September 26, 2018
NOAA remains committed to expanding sustainable U.S. aquaculture
The purpose of the Gulf Aquaculture Plan is to maximize benefits to the Nation by establishing a regional permitting process to manage the development of an environmentally sound and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Aquaculture Plan allows up to 20 offshore aquaculture operations to be permitted in federal waters of the Gulf over a 10-year period.
The final rule published on January 13, 2016. To view the final rule please see the Federal Register notice below.
Gulf Aquaculture Permit (GAP) Application Information:
Permit Applicant Guide (PDF 21 pages) (Updated August 2017)
Pre-Application Meeting Checklist (PDF 6 pages)
Pre-Application Meeting Checklist EXAMPLE (PDF 14 pages)
Genetic Requirements (PDF 11 pages)
Interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (PDF 12 pages)
Assurance Bond Guidance (PDF 7 pages)