California Aquaculture Action Plan
We are partnering with California Sea Grant to develop a statewide Aquaculture Action Plan as part of the broader Strategic Plan that the California Ocean Protection Council developed in 2020. Globally aquaculture is rapidly expanding but domestic development has thus far been minimal. California has a tremendous opportunity to advance sustainable marine aquaculture in a way that serves as a model for other states around the nation by developing an industry that is informed by best available science; compatible with wild fisheries; guided by comprehensive planning and collaboration; causes minimal harm to the environment; provides local, safe and healthy food production; supports living wages and equitably grows the state’s economy; partners with California Native American Tribes (Tribes); and protects public access. The Action Plan is intended to be a first step in this development process and will create a comprehensive, consistent and science-based framework for marine aquaculture in California, with a focus on marine algae and shellfish in state marine waters and land-based/recirculating tank operations for marine algae, shellfish, and finfish.