Tell Congress to stop development of industrial fish farms!
The AQUAA Act is a bill that would authorize the federal government to issue permits for industrial ocean finfish farms. These “factory farm” facilities would use giant floating cages to grow fish all around the U.S. coast, and Florida is first on the siting list! Florida’s leaders are welcoming the development of these operations, despite strong community opposition. Chemicals and untreated wastes run through the facilities, polluting our natural waters, contributing to poor water quality, fish kills, and increased red tides which pose health risks to people, wildlife, and recreational and commercial fishing.
Other countries like Canada and Denmark, often considered leaders in fish farming, are moving away from industrial aquaculture, due to negative impacts to the environment and communities. With restaurants and markets closed during the COVID19 pandemic, fishing and related businesses are struggling to stay afloat. We do not need development of an unnecessary and unwanted new industry in the U.S. It is time to protect Florida by fighting this disastrous practice and the new law designed to promote it, before more members of Congress get on board to pass it.
The Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act, H.R. 6191, faces strong opposition from the Don’t Cage Our Ocean Coalition, a group with members working in commercial and recreational fishing, farming, consumer advocacy, food policy, and conservation. We promote protecting our environment, fishing and related businesses and coastal communities from this dirty and dangerous industry - Help us reach our goal of 10,000 signatures by adding your name to our petition. Tell Congress: STOP the AQUAA Act now!